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Historic Preservation: Navigating the Internet

A research guide to finding books, articles, and other resources in Historic Preservation

Evaluating Websites

Criteria for evaluating websites include:

  • Accuracy
  • Authority
  • Coverage
  • Currency
  • Objectivity

Remember to examine websites carefully before using them for research purposes.  If you still aren't sure, ask a librarian or your professor for assistance.

Citing Your Sources

While writing research papers, you may need to:

List your sources in bibliographies or works cited, and

♦ Provide either footnotes or endnotes.

For more help with citations, check this guide out.

Navigation Menu

When looking for web resources related to any of the following topics, either click on these links or scroll down:

Dictionaries, Glossaries, and Guides

Architecture

Bibliographies and Collections

Databases

Online Periodicals

Organizations

News

Google Tricks

Tips and tricks for Google searches

Use quotation marks for exact words or phrases.

  • For example, “global warming” (to search global warming as a phrase rather than two separate words).

Use OR to search for one word or the other. Google will find pages that match either of the two words.

  • Example: attorneys OR lawyers

Use site: to search within a site or domain (no space after colon).

  • Example: “global warming” site:nytimes.com
  • Example: climatology site:.gov

Use a minus sign (a hyphen) to exclude a word or phrase from a search. 

  • Example: jaguar speed -car;
  • Example: “global warming” -site:wikipedia.org

Use allintitle: to show results with word(s) in the title (no space after colon).

  • Example: allintitle:“global warming”
  • You can also use allinurl to find pages that have your search terms in their URLs.

Use related: to search for sites similar to ones you know (no space after colon).

  • Example: related:nbc.com

Use link: to find sites linked to a particular web page (no space after colon).

  • Example: link:freelancestar.com
  • Example: link:pbs.org

 Use filetype: to restrict results to certain file type (no space after colon).

  • Example: climatology filetype:pdf

Use two periods without spaces to search for a number range, such as dates, prices, and measurements.

  • Example: “test scores” 2013..2014
  • Example: microwaves $100..$300

You can also use a Google Advanced Search to construct your search. 

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