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Engineering: Websites

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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?

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Useful Websites

The following websites may provide helpful information on engineering:

Wikipedia and Academic Research

    

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

A basic overview of your topic.
Important names and vocabulary related to your topic.
Table of contents for some entries, helping you to understand how your topic can be organized.

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 Anyone can contribute to a Wikipedia article.
X No information about authors' credentials and purpose. 

Better Googling

Google search results showing proper and improper searching techniques

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

  • Identify the main ideas in your research question.
          How can consumers use 3D printing?

  • Connect the main ideas with AND.
          consumers AND 3D printing

  • Use quotation marks around 2 or more words.
          consumers AND "three-dimensional printing"

  • Use OR between synonyms/related terms.
          consumers AND ("three-dimensional printing" OR "additive manufacturing")

  • Limit your search to a specific domain, such as .edu, .gov, or .org.
          consumers AND ("three-dimensional printing" OR "additive manufacturing") site:.gov

More information on advanced Google searching and Google Scholar.