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Hayley Bommarito
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St. Clair County Community College
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PO Box 5015
Port Huron, MI 48061
Phone (810) 989-5794
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Google

Google can be helpful for your research. Here are some ways to make sure you're getting the best you can out of it:

  • Use Google Advanced Search: next to the search box, click on Advanced Search. Use AND, OR, and NOT.
  • Use Google Scholar: go up to the top of the Google page, and click on the link "more." Choose Scholar from the list. Google Scholar will bring you back scholarly journal articles; we have access to the ones with links on the right!
  • Use Google Books: in the same place you clicked for Scholar, try Books. Some books are available online, full-text, in PDF!
  • Use your skepticism: don't forget that Google is primarily a company that exists to make money. Try going to the second and third results pages.

Using Google

  • Quotation Marks “” : Just like when searching in our databases you can use quotation marks to search ofr an exact set of words or name
    • “To infinity and beyond!”
  • Dashes - : Instead of the word “not” to remove a word from your search results google uses dashes before the word. Essentially you are subtracting the word from your search
    • Liberty - Justice
  • TILDE ~: You can  use the tilde to include synonyms in your search
    • Breakfast ~Pastry
  • SITE:www.query.com: This allows you to search only with in a specific site or type of site
    • SITE:GOV -Searches through only .gov websites
    • SITE: www.sc4.edu -Searches through only SC4.edu
  • Two Periods .. : This allows you to look for things within a range
    • Fashion 1940..1945: This gives you results that have the word fashion in it and any date between 1940 and 1945

Still need more help? Search Term Generator

The C.R.A.A.P. Test

To learn more about evaluating sources, take our tutorial: "How to Evaluate Your Sources: The CRAAP Test"

Websites for International Students

The International Student Blog - RSS Feed

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Career Coach

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All SC4 students have access to Career Coach.

Discover majors and in-demand careers and education based on your interests!

  • Take a Career Assessment to learn about yourself and Career Coach will give you career suggestions based on your interests
  • Browse careers and we will give you relevant data on wages, employment, and the training you need
  • Explore the available programs that lead to the career you want
  • Veterans: find civilian careers related to your military occupation
  • Our easy-to-use resumé builder will help you create a professional resumé

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