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Beyond Google: Integrating library resources into your research strategy

A template for librarians and faculty.

Meets ACRL Information Literacy Standard

Standard Three The information literate student evaluates information and its sources critically and incorporates selected information into his or her knowledge base and value system.

The C.R.A.P. test in Action

Optional Reading

Whales in the Minnesota? (New York Times)

Searching the Internet

This assignment is based on [insert lecture topic/date here]

Goal: Selecting and evaluating web sites

  • Go to the Google search engine. You could also check out the Advanced Search to create a more refined search strategy.
  • Type in a phrase related to the lecture. For example "insert example here" or "insert example here." NOTE: use quotation marks when searching phrases
  • Select a "good" web site from the result list.
  • Consider selecting a .org or .gov site (instead of .com). Click here to see the difference. The Advanced Search allows you to limit by site or domain.
  • Test your selected web site against this checklist to determine whether it is  current, accurate, authoritative and objective. Would you include this site (or not) in an academic project or paper?
  • You may return to your result list to select an option which is suitable for academic use. Or adjust your search terms.

Post to the group:

  • The name of the site and the URL. And why you would (or wouldn't) use this site for an academic project or paper.