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Humanities - Shuler (Dale Mabry): Web searching tips

Use this guide to help you find sources for your research paper!

Google smartly

Google Web Search

Here are Google's own tips for how to search on Google

Evaluate what you find

Think carefully about the sources you are finding and using. Here are some tools that can help:

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?

Accuracy - Is the content readable? Is the content truthful? Is the content correct?

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

Browsing menus can help

HCC librarians have compiled lists of favorite sites for Arts and Humanities