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ENG 112: College Composition II (NOVA Online OER)

This guide has been created by librarians at Northern Virginia Community College to help you find articles, books, and other resources related to this program of study. Direct comments to

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Search Engine Tips

Put phrases in quotation marks:

To search for your terms just in the titles of web pages, type   intitle:  in front of your terms. 

Limit your results to certain domains (e.g.,  .edu, .gov, .org)

Search for the websites of organizations you read about in articles -- these organizations often have useful information.  

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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