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BIO 110: General Botany: Culinary Plants Native to the Americas (Cintas-AL)

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Web Searching

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

  • Identify the main ideas in your research question.
          Give examples of cultivars of your species (e.g., quinoa).
  • Limit your search to a specific domain, such as .edu, .gov, or .org
          quinoa cultivars site:.org
          quinoa site:.gov
         
    quinoa site:.edu

More information on advanced Google searching and Google Scholar.

How to Evaluate Websites

Initial Observations:

To get a quick, initial overview of a website, look at information on the website's "About Us" page.

In-Depth Evaluation Strategy:

To dig deeper into the credibility and reliability of a website, you'll need to do more reading and investigating, including:

The video below, from the University of Louisville, discusses "lateral reading", which is a strategy professional fact-checkers use to determine how reliable an online source is.

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