Hints for Using Search Engines

If possible, use unique terms.

Identify phrases by using quotation marks

     examples:  “chocolate turtles” instead of chocolate turtles OR "labor unions" instead of labor unions.

If you don’t get any results, think of synonyms

     example:  “medical care” or “health care”

If you get too many results, explore the advanced features of the search engine

     Can you search by a keyword in title?

     Can you limit the date?

     Can you limit the domain (.edu, .org)?

Use credible web sites, by recognizable authors or organizations that you trust.

Remember that not everything is on the Internet!  If you can’t find anything after using the above hints, try the print resources or online databases available through public libraries and local colleges.