Q. How do I find reliable websites for my paper?


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:

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  • Do not cite Wikipedia or similar user-edited sites.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).

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

  • Last Updated Jan 30, 2018
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    by renata on Apr 04, 2013.
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