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Before you Google your topic...

  • Google is not all bad, but there is an abundance of invalid information that a general search will return. When in doubt, ask your instructor or a​ librarian for assistance in locating sources. If you must use Google, then use Google Scholar (see Databases).

To get started, you can:

  • Define Your Topic
  • Find Background Information
  • Identify Key Words & Terms
  • Seek items in the Reference collection (online & print) - particularly subject encyclopedias - are great starting points offering overviews and summaries and other resources.
  • Use the CRAAP Test to help you evaluate the information you find on the Internet (from California State University - Chino).