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Searching Tips and Guidelines

Short link to site - bit.ly/ahssearch


  1. Use quotation marks around your search terms to search for that specific phrase or ordering of words.
  2. Use site:.gov or any other ending to search only those types of sites. Using .gov or .edu will be more reliable usually than a site using .com, .org, or .net.
  3. Use Google Scholar to search journals and other scholarly sources. You can even save articles and links for later use using your Google account.
  4. Determine if the site is credible.
    1. Use the CRAAP Method http://www.csuchico.edu/lins/handouts/eval_websites.pdf
    2. What are their sources listed (Wikipedia can be useful if you check where they got their information from, check the sources for that page)
  5. Research while in your Google Doc while using the Research tool and easily add the citations.

Reverse Image Search

  • Something that may be useful from time to time is the Reverse Image search in Google Images. You can quickly search for images using keywords but you can also use an image to find where it came from. This can be a quick way to see if that image you see is from a reputable source or not.
  • To do this, you should have the image saved to your desktop, either right-click on the image to save it or just do a screenshot to save it to your desktop (Command + Shift + 4 to get the select tool for a screenshot).
  • Go to the Google Image Search page.
  • Click on the camera icon to switch over from searching with keywords to searching using an image.

  • Upload your image and it will search for where that image is on the internet.
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