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Argument and research: Websites

A guide for researching argument writing and speech assignments

Using websites

Evaluating websites<a href="" title="search icons">Search icons created by Freepik - Flaticon</a>

Websites can provide up-to-date information and can quickly lead you to further information 

How do you know if a website's information is

  • authoritative  
  • accurate
  • current
  • objective
  • appropriate?

The crucial TRICK is to evaluate if you have a "good" website. Click on the related guide for more info

Using Google Advanced Search

Using Google Advanced Search

Flex your research muscles - use Google Advanced Search to get better results when searching on the internet

Shortcut to Google Advanced Search:

Example for using Google Advanced Search:

Sample topic:

You are researching how stem cells from human embryos might help cure conditions such as Parkinson's Disease or cancer.


How can you use Google's Advanced Search to help you efficiently find websites that are MOST RELEVANT to this topic?

  1. In the "this exact wording or phrase" box, type:  human embryonic stem cells
  2. In the "But don't show pages that have any of these unwanted words" box, type: cancer OR parkinson's disease
  3. In the "Search within a site or domain" box, type: .gov
  4. Click Search!
  5. The resulting search will automatically be: human embryonic stem cells" cancer OR "parkinson's disease" -cloning

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screenshot of using Google Advanced Search

Video: Searching Google effectively

Source: "Searching Google Effectively" by Joshua Vossler, UWF Libraries, Educational use.

Video: Evaluating information from the Web

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