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Prof. Eiden; SPRING 2021 - General Biology 2 (21805): Searching for Online Sources

Google Scholar

Limit Google Searches to .edu or .gov Websites

You can limit your online search to credible sources by using this formula when searching Google.

Your topic, followed by a colon (:), followed by .edu or .gov


This will limit your search results to college and university websites, and government websites, which are authoritative, credible sources.

Using Google Scholar

Google Scholar is a way to search the internet for scholarly information on a given topic. Google Scholar searches for scholarly information provided by academic publishers, professional societies, universities, repositories and scholarly organizations. The types of information Google Scholar provides include:

  • Peer-reviewed journal articles
  • Unpublished scholarly articles
  • Masters theses and other degree based work
  • Citations for books that may provide limited access to the text of the book. 
  • Technical reports

For the most part, Google Scholar provides a citation to articles without full-text access. 

To limit your search results to sites that end in either a .gov or an .edu,  use the following format: YOUR This will provide you with more authoritative information than doing a general Google search.

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