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Web sites

Be sure that any sites you use are affiliated with a reputable organization AND were published within the past 7 years. The two simple Google search tricks listed below will help you eliminate many unhelpful results, but you must still carefully evaluate each site. If you have any questions as to the reliability of a given result, contact me, a librarian, or your instructor.

Domain Limiters

For your Women's Health Assignment, .org (professional organization), .edu (educational institutions), or .gov (government entities) domains will almost always provide you with the best results. Luckily, there is a very simple trick in Google that will help you narrow down to a given domain!

Just type site: after your keyword search and insert a domain. For example, the Google search for birth control returns several billion results, and the first page features unwanted advertisements and links to local providers.

However, the search for birth control returns fewer than 100 million pages, with results from reputable publishers sources such as MedlinePlus (the U.S. National Library of Medicine's consumer health site), the FDA, and the Office of Women's Health dominating the first page of results. The date limiter below will demonstrate how to further narrow down the list of results.

Date limiters

Because you are required to only use web sites published within the last 7 years, it is strongly recommended that you use Google's date limiter for all of your searches. To limit by date, first perform your search and then click on the Tools button beneath the search bar, as shown below.

Location of Custom Date Range limiter in Google

A drop-down menu titled "Any time" will appear beneath the search bar. Click on it and select "Custom range..." Google's Custom Date Limiter will then appear, as shown below. Enter your date range and click "Go." Adding the date limiter to the sunscreen benefits search narrowed us down to 177 results, compared to the 167 million we received when we search sunscreen benefits alone. Please use these limiters! As always, contact me or the library should you have any questions.

Google's custom date limiter