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ENG 301, Writing for the Professions: Web Searching Tips

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Web Searching Tips

When using web pages or documents for university research, you want to find quality sources, ones that are reliable and authoritative. The following are just just two tips for using the internet search engine Google to help you find quality sources.

Google Advance Search
With the Google Advanced Search you can limit your searches to specific kinds of sites, for example:

.org--for organizations of all kinds

.edu--for educational institutions

.gov--for government sites

Generally speaking, pages and documents from the kinds of sites listed above are more acceptable for university and "serious" research. Look for the Domain box.  Position statements and research documents from professional organizations can be especially valuable for your ENG 301 papers and your career.  Identify the professional organizations in your field and visit their Web sites.  Also, you can often send them e-mails asking for further information, and many will respond.

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