The internet is awesome! You can find a lot of stuff there (not everything) and sometimes it can be really difficult to actually find what you need as researchers. Below are some explanations of a few super simple ways you can do advanced searches in Google:
A) You can force Google to only give you results for the type of websites you want. Website domains like .gov, .edu, and .org are just a few examples, but you can use others (including designations for foreign countries).
B) You can use symbols like * to shorten words in your search and bring back results for words with similar roots. For examples searching for teach* will return results for "teach," "teaching" and "teacher."
C) Normally when you search in Google it looks for every word individually, which can result in a lot of irrelevant results. If you are searching for specific phrases, you can use quotations to force Google to search for those words together.
News Sources by Political Perspective
Liberal? Conservative? This guide by Vera Lux at Bowling Green State University provides insight into some major news outlets.
Is an organization mentioned in relation to an article? Think tanks, associations, and other organizations usually exist for a reason. Learn more about the organization to identify potential biases by:
Are all biases bad? NO. But being aware of them helps contextualize the information presented.
Curious about the facts presented? Are the numbers accurate? Was someone quoted correctly? There are a few things you can do: