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Careers: Websites

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Websites

Use websites to learn more about a career or a business:

  • Many occupations have a professional association. Search for your career and association. For example:  accounting association
  • If you are interested in working for a particular company, organization or business, find their website and learn more about them. Look for About or About Us.

How to Evaluate Websites - Quick Tips

 

Evaluate websites that have information you would like to use in your assignments. 

Look on each website for an "About Us" page to answer some of the following questions:

  • Who is the author?        
  • What are his/her qualifications?
  • Why was the website created?
  • When was it last updated?
  • How reliable is the information?

Learn More About How to Evaluate Websites

Better Googling

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"graphic designer" outlook site:.gov

167,000 results

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What's the employment outlook for graphic designers?

29,800,000 results


Here's how to craft a better search to get fewer and more relevant results:

  • Identify the main ideas in your research question.
          What's the employment outlook for graphic designers?
     
  • Use quotation marks around 2 or more words that need to be together.
          "graphic designer" 
     
  • Limit your search to a specific domain, such as .edu, .gov, or .org.
          "graphic designer" outlook site:.gov

More information on advanced Google searching and Google Scholar.

Wikipedia and Academic Research

    

How Wikipedia CAN be useful in the beginning stages of research:

Check mark A basic overview of your topic.
Check mark Important names, vocabulary and keywords related to your topic.
Check mark Table of contents for some entries, helping you to understand how your topic can be organized.
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References and other websites that may be helpful (though you will need to evaluate them to be sure).

Why NOT to use Wikipedia for academic research:

X  The accuracy and authority of a Wikipedia article cannot be verified.