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Australia in the Post War World: Year 10 History: Research Tips





Databases vs the Internet

Here are some key points as to why you should be cautious about using web sites found through search engines to conduct academic research:    

  • Professionals don’t share information in an uncontrolled environment where anybody can post or comment.
  • There are no standards for information found online. It could be written by anyone. How do you rate someone’s expertise online?
  • The content may not be checked for accuracy or could be intentionally posted as fake news.
  • General sites may contain biased information or click bait designed to lead to a paid site.
  • The website might not be updated meaning the details may be outdated.




Boolean Searching

AND (or a space)  Limits your results to where those words overlap
OR   Widens your results
"exact phrase"    Search for an exact phrase
wildcard Search for variations of a word
-word  Exclude words from your results
site:  Search within a site
intitle: Search within a title
inurl:     Search within a URL



How to do a Topic Analysis

Learn how to use topic analysis to better understand your question, and select keywords for searching.


How to Evaluate Information

Learn how to thoughtfully consider whether or not your information is credible and reliable.


If you need to use Google, try Google Scholar first to check for scholarly or academic articles.

Google Scholar Search

Use Google Scholar to search specifically for scholarly literature, including papers, theses, books, and reports.

Google Book Search

If you can't find what you're looking for in EBSCO ebooks, try Google books to search the world's most comprehensive index of full-text books.