While the University Libraries provide many resources for finding information, the World Wide Web also provides a lot of information and should not be disregarded. However, it is importance that you analyze website to determine if their content is of a good quality and relevant to your needs.
When using online search engines, here are some tip that you should consider
Use more than one search engine - Each search engine uses different algorithms for performing searches and ranking results. Therefore using different search engines will show you different results.
Use Advanced Search Options - Each search engine has some sort of advance searching feature. These will allow you to do things such as; combine search terms, search as a phrase, limited publication date ranges and to apply different filters. These will help you to get a more relevant results list.
Use longer keyword phrases - This will make your searching more precise.
Use quotation marks - This will tell the search engine to search for the words as a phrase.
Use the minus (-) function to narrow your search results. If you use a search term which has multiple meanings you can use the minus function to eliminate the results that you don't want
Information on the internet varies in quality. Therefore you must analyze websites in order to determine if the information is credible and useful for your needs. Here are some things to look for when analyzing a website;