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HCC Libraries Help Guide - Ask A Librarian! : Google Search Tutorials

Google Search

Search Google like a pro and, just as importantly, evaluate what you fnd.

Search webpages, images, videos and more.

How to Search on Google

C.R.A.P. Detection

Be sure to think carefully about the resources you are using. Apply the C.R.A.P. detection model

    * Currency - How recent is the information?

    * Reliability - What kind of information is included in the resource? Is it balanced? Does the creator provide references or sources for data or quotations?

    * Authority - Who is the creator or author? Who is the publisher or sponsor?  What is the author's or publisher's interest (if any) in this information?

    * Purpose/Point of View - Is this fact or opinion?  Is the creator/author trying to sell you something; persuade you about something?

Some people add another "A" to spell CRAAP. the extra a is for Accuracy - Is the content readable? Is the content truthful? Is the content correct?

More Website Evaluation Tools

Google Scholar

Search for scholarly literature across many subject areas and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites.

Google Scholar Search Tips 

If you're off-campus, Set up Google Scholar on your computer to allow access to resources available to you through HCC Libraries and any others where you are currently a member.

You can also access Google Scholar through HCC Libraries databases; no need to adjust your computer's settings:

Google Books- search and access many books full text online

Search inside millions of books.

  • Use the "find in a library" link to discover if HCC owns a book..

How to Use Google Books