Efficient Internet Research
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This is the last part of the serial post about using Google more efficiently for your research. This entry covers the two remaining syntax that I believe can help you in using Google, the similar search and the specific file type search (for searching PDF files, spreadsheet, etc.)
Sometimes, if you are conducting a search using Google, most of the information that you actually need comes to one or few specific websites. Should you wish to make the search results uncluttered, there is a way you can limit the search results to one or few specific websites or specific TLDs.
Use Google to search for exact phrases instead of a group of keywords by enclosing the words in quote. Also include how to force Google to accept your spelling, how to use wildcard and how to use these techniques in conjunction with Boolean operators.
If you type more than one word in Google search, the default is that it will search for web pages containing all the words provided. What if you want Google to return pages that contain at least one of these words? What if you want to remove from search results pages that contain certain words?
Difficulty in finding the information that you want? Explore the different syntaxes that you can use to find what you need using the search engine Google.
Wikipedia is a popular source and possibly currently the largest repository of data. Despite its success, several teachers, professors and other academics discourages if not outright forbid students from using Wikipedia as reference material. There are reasons not to trust the credibility of Wikipedia and many of these reasons are from its original design.
The internet contains large amount of information but also misinformation. Identifying credible websites is very important in using the internet for research meant for thesis, term papers, scientific journal publication and other works of high scholastic value.
The websites Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons are excellent source of public domain images. However, as the websites that anyone can edit, it is plagued with incomplete and contradictory licensing statements that reduce your choices to either exclusively using public domain images or contacting the copyright holder. The first option is easier but you still need to weed them out from among the many copyrighted images and ensure that they are indeed copyright free.