Do you detect any bias on the author’s part in relation to the subject?
What? What is the source?
Does it have a title?
Is it a primary source, such as an original document or creative work or is it a secondary source, such as a report or analysis of primary sources?
Is it authoritative or trustworthy?
How was the source produced?
Who is the publisher or sponsoring organization?
Where did you find the source?
Was it through a library’s databases or through an internet search engine that may list results in a biased or weighted manner?
When was the source published?
Has it been replaced or updated?
MLA Handbook. 8th ed., The Modern Language Association, 2016, pp. 11-12.
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.
Quotation Marks “” : Just like when searching in our databases you can use quotation marks to search for 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
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