Finding websites on the Internet

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Your browser software has a built-in "Search" function in the same bar across the top where the "Back" and "Home" buttons are located; but librarians will often suggest that you use different tools--perhaps a directory like the one available through the Internet Public Library or a search engine like Google--to hopefully find web pages that will have useful (and perhaps current) information on the topic you are researching.

Anyone can add content to the Internet, so it is very important to look at web pages more critically than you might look at a chapter in a book or an article in a periodical.  There are several things to consider when deciding if a particular web site is appropriate for your research.  Click on the underlined blue words at the end of this sentence to see a document intended to help you in Evaluating Internet Sources.

The Internet is a rich source of illustrations that can be added to reports or used as "visuals" during a speech.  When you go to the Google search engine's site, it assumes you want to search for pages on the Web, but you can click on the Images option instead. Then type in a brief description of what you would like to find as a drawing or photograph. Use a variety of words to describe what you are hoping to find, for example,

            "cats OR felines OR kittens"

  Screaming CatTabby Cat

Select Google's "Advanced Image Search" link to learn how to specify such things as size, usage rights, and file type AND to select the filtering level for Google's "Safe Search" option.

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