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CH 111 - Principles of Physical Science II


Evaluating Websites (Saint Anselm College Research Tutorial)

Should I use or cite Wikipedia? Probably not.  From Williams College Libraries 


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Search Engines


To find authoritative information, try searching these

Google Scholar   Search (free and fee) scholarly works.

INFOMINE            Librarian-selected scholarly sites

Infotopia               Customized safe-search of educator-selected sites

Intute                     Use advanced search to limit search to 'Physical Sciences'

LibGuides             Librarian-created topic pathfinders

Scirus                     Science-specific Web portals, reports & peer-reviewed articles                 Search official U.S. government information and services


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Scholarly Journal Databases

Academic Search Premier (limit to Scholarly)

ProQuest Science Journals (limit to Scholarly)



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Questionable Websites

  • Site:  .com or .org? check for bias

  • Author:   No credentials posted? No ‘About us' page?

  • Spelling and/or grammatical errors?

  • Pop-ups and ads?

  • Last Updated?

  • Disclaimer?

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Search Tips (reality check)

• Use Boolean Operators (AND, OR): water and diffusion

• Use truncation symbols (usually an asterisk): water and diffus*

• Limit your search words to SUBJECT, TITLE, or ABSTRACT

• Limit your search to Scholarly journals


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Citing Sources


See the library's Citing Sources guide for resources on how to properly cite research materials.


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Additional Help


Nancy "Sam" Urtz:


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