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


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

To find reliable websites:

  • Visit the Online Resources for articles from reliable sources.
  • 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.
  • Use Google Scholar for scholarly articles.

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  • Do not cite Wikipedia or similar user-edited sites.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 Nov 07, 2019
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