Library Tips


1. Can you locate the author’s name or group responsible for providing the information?


         Look for pages such as All About Us, About Me, Mission, Contact me 

2. What type of site is it?                                                                     


          Look at the extension   (domain name)                                                            

            .gov (government)

            .edu (education)

            .mil (military)

            .org (organization)

            .com (commercial)

            .net (network)


2. Can you find a date to help you decide the currency of the information?


          Look for words such as last modified, created, or updated


3. Can you read and understand the information presented on this site?


          Look for pictures, captions, charts, tables, graphs, maps, etc. for help


4. Does the site have a navigation bar or menu that helps you find different sections of the site?


          Look at the top, left-side, or bottom of the page

          Look for drop-down boxes


5. Can you find the information included on this page in another source?


          If you can find it in at least one other source, you could consider the

          information valid


6. Can you link to other pages or sites to find information?


          Look for hypertext (words in different colors that change the cursor to

          a hand)



1. Use “  “ (quotation marks) when searching names or phrases (Example: “United States Constitution”)



2. To find all forms of the word use an * after the root word (Example: Ben* Franklin would allow you to search Ben Franklin as well as Benjamin Franklin)



3. Be sure to spell the word(s) correctly



4. Be sure to use keyword(s) to search (Example: caterpillars not facts about caterpillars)



5. Use a + (plus sign) between keywords when searching more than one term (Example: bears+habitat)