Mrs. Brady - English

Evaluating Sources

  • Google Advanced Search 

    Google Advanced Searches allow for you to find exactly what you are looking for. 
    You can get to Google advanced search by going directly to or by searching on the standard Google site and changing the settings after your search. Follow the slide show below for each step of your advanced search. 

    Google Search Tips

    1. Be detailed in your search! (see tips below) 
    2. If you are looking for an article when you are searching, click "News", in the top of the search results, that will display articles only.
    3. Looking for academic research? Google Scholar ( will result in scholarly articles for your research (aka just what you are looking for)! Once you search, you can be more detailed in your search by clicking the year/s you are searching for.  
    4. Looking for a Word document, pdf, PowerPoint or another file type?  (Search: amphibians filetype:ppt) this will result in only those file types showing.  
    5. When researching, it is best to use Advanced Search. This will allow you to search by: date, time, quotes, books, magazines, headings, and formats. 
    6. Looking for a timeline? Add the dates 1200...1400, and Google will search the years 1200-1400 based on the information you are looking for.
    7. Don't waste your time capitalizing, Google isn't case sensitive.
    8. Use quick answer words: define, conversion, weather.
    9.  Exclude unwanted searches. Example: If you are searching Amphibians and you don't want frogs. Your search should be: Amphibians -frogs
    10. Are you looking for images in a specific color? When you Google search and click images, all images will appear.  If you click search tools, you can pick a color, size, type, time and usage rights. This makes finding the perfect image easy an quick!  

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