Friends of the Library Research Guide
Better Internet Searching
Whether you use
MSN, it is important
to know the best strategies for using search engines and evaluating their
results. Below are some guidelines for more effective searching:
- If you are searching for information on cat adoption
in Rockbridge County, a search for cats
will have you swimming in results.
- Enter cat adoption Rockbridge to get more specific results.
- Words such as "in" or "at" will be disregarded by most search
engines because they are commonly used
- If you are searching for a string of words together, in a phrase,
use double quotation marks. (" ")
- For example, enter "Siamese cats"
if you are looking for information regarding only Siamese cats.
Evaluate, evaluate, evaluate!
- Search engines index everything on the web: the good, the bad, and
- Be sure the website is sponsored by a reputable agency, group,
organization, association, etc.
- Look for websites ending in .edu,
.gov, or .org.
- These are generally sponsored by either government or non-profit
agencies and tend
not to contain biased information, but you still need to be careful.
Ask a librarian!
- We are always happy to help patrons with their research, no matter
what the topic is.
- Visit the
Reference Department homepage for more information.