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Using Google for Research

This guide will help students take advantage of Google tips and techniques to find the best websites, as well as how to evaluate websites for academic purposes.

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Almost everybody knows how to use Google -- but not everyone knows how to use Google well. This guide will examine how to use Google to be a successful student.

How to use this guide

This guide will talk about many areas related to using Google to find information, particularly when it comes to academic sources. The tabs at the top will discuss:

  • Finding information in Google compared to the library's subscription databases.
  • Search tips and tricks to use Google more effectively.
  • Identifying the parts of a web address for a site found using Google.
  • Evaluating a website to decide whether or not to use it.
  • Citing a website in MLA or APA style.
  • Other helpful tools in Google besides its basic search function: Image search, Google Scholar, Trends tracking, etc.
  • Privacy concerns when using Google.