188.8.131.52 Tips for searching the Internet
Tip #1 - Carefully evaluate any information found via the Internet
Publishing on the Internet is relatively easy, and inexpensive. There is no guarantee of a screening or editing process. As the type and quality of material available on the Internet can vary considerably, remember to authenticate and evaluate information found via the Internet. See Module 3.3 Evaluate your resources.
Remember the majority of content on the Web contains commercial content.
Tip #2 - Use a more 'scholarly' search engine, such as Google Scholar
Search engines generally provide references to books and journal articles. While some of these resources are freely available, some are only available on subscription or for a fee. Remember to check these fee based titles against the ECU Library catalogue as you may already have access to them due to your ECU student enrolment.
e.g. Edit setting preferences in Google Scholar to enable linking to ECU full text by following these steps:
Tip #3 - Try limiting your search by domain
If you are looking for particular content, such as government information or Australian information, consider limiting by domain.
Domain names usually consist of four domains or domains:
The organisation type can be particularly useful for limiting. The main organisation types include:
You could also limit by the country domain. U.S. domain names often do not include the country domain.
Type water site: .gov.au into the Google search engine and view the results. Have a look at the domain names.