Find out how to make web searching work for you! Use tools to narrow your results and identify reliable sources of information from the internet.
Use the following tips in order to improve and narrow your internet searching:
Phrase searching: when searching on Google enclose your keywords within a phrase (ex. "Coal and the industrial revolution"). The search engine will only look for those words within that order - this will limit your results
File Format searching: by specifying a file type (ex. coal industry + filetype:pdf) you will limit your results to just that file type. Often journals and primary documents will be saved as a certain file type
Domain searching: limiting your search results to academic or government sites will yield you more accurate results (ex. Coal industry site:edu)
Related searching: If you want to find new websites with similar content to a website you already know of, use the related:somesite.com modifier (ex: related:nyt.com)