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Library Research Tutorial

Internet Search Tips

Finding credible information on the internet can be tricky.  These search tips (which you can use with Google or DuckDuckGo) can help focus your search to more credible and current sites. 

1. Limit Your Results by Domain

Use Site:[.domain] along with your keywords in the Google search box to only find sites from that specific domain.  Example:



Websites that end with .gov and .edu sites may have more reliable information. If you are using a .org or a .com site, make sure you are evaluating the site for credibility.  

2. Limit Your Results by Date

To limit your internet search results by date:

  1. If you are using Google, click the Tools link (typically found underneath the search box, but above your results)
  2. An Any Time menu will appear above your search results (if you are using DuckDuckGo, this should appear automatically)
  3. Open the menu and select a date range. You can also select Custom Range and enter custom dates (ex: 2015 - 2020)


Once you have applied a date limit, you will notice each of your results displays a date next to it.  This is a nice way to make sure you are not finding information that is too old.



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