Searching the Web

Searching Google: Domain searching

Search: politics art site:edu > will return results from educational websites - i.e. www.calarts.edu; www.ucla.edu; www.csun.edu; etc.

    You can indicate any domain > site:gov (government); site:org (non-profit), etc.

Search: politics art filetype:pdf > will return only PDFs in your results
    You can indicate any type of file

More Google search operators available here

Authority & accuracy

Who created the site?  What are their credentials? 

Purpose & content

What is the domain?  Are they trying to sell you something?  Inform you?  Sway your opionion?


How current is the information?  Is there a date on the site for when it was last updated?

Design & organization

If it looks like the site was designed by a 10 year old, then it probably was.  Compare: http://www.terrorism.com/ and http://www.pewinternet.org/