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