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How do I find reliable websites for my paper?

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Reliable websites will differ for every topic you want to research. Please contact your Campus Librarian for help researching a specific topic.

To find reliable websites:

  • Visit the library's website for articles from reliable sources.
  • Search http://www.usa.gov/ for your topic.
  • Explore the Research Guides to see recommended websites on each guide.
  • Use a Google Advanced Search to limit your results to just .org (non-profit), .edu (educational institutions), or .gov (government) websites. This will also let you limit to a date range.
  • Look at the references on sources you found helpful to lead you to more sources.

Tips for finding reliable websites:

  • Make sure the website is up to date.
  • Use websites that cite their sources.
  • Avoid citing commercial websites (.com).
  • Do not cite Wikipedia or similar user-edited sites.

Search tips:

  • Always use keywords, not a sentence or a question.
  • Use "" (quotations) around phrases such as "Wild Bill".
  • * (asterisk) is a wildcard e.g. nurs* will search for nursing, nurses, nursed etc...
  • In Google, - (minus) will exclude a certain word (-university).
  • In a Google search, use ~ (tilde) to search for similar words (~college will also find university).

Other Resources:

Thank you for using ASK US. If you have more questions, contact your Campus Library/ARC.

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Other Answers / Comments (3)

  1. THIS ANSWER IS JUST AMAZING.Thank you so much. I didn't know about these sites! I never heard of scholar Google and books Google until now, and they are just perfect!!!
    by renata on Apr 04, 2013.
  2. Thanks. This information is very helpful.
    by Parker on Apr 16, 2015.
  3. This answer is very impressive.
    by Mark Henry on May 27, 2015.

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