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ARCH 251 - Environment Control Systems for Buildings - Cravy: Websites

Getting the Most Out of Google!

Tips for searching Google

  • Under “Search within a site or domain” in Google's Advanced Feature, enter .edu, .org, or .gov to only search university, organizations, or government websites.
  • Use recognized keywords and simple searches like you would in a book catalog or database search

Don't Forget...Evaluate

Google is really great at finding information that you are searching for, but don't forget that all information is not created equal. When searching for information online it is important to evaluate it and determine if the source is credible and reliable. So, when you've found information that you would like to use for your assignment it is time to put on your thinking "CAP." In the box to the right there are questions you should be asking about the information that you are consuming to determine if this information is reliable and credible.

Advanced Google Search Video

Thinking "CAP"

A quick way to evaluate a source is to run it through a Thinking CAP exercise, where CAP stands for: Content, Author, Purpose.


Is the information from the resource accurate? Can you confirm this information by looking at other sources?

Is this information up to date? When was it last edited?

Is this information on topic? Does it fit in with your assignment requirements?


Who wrote this information? What can you find out about them?

Should we consider this person an expert on the topic? Why?

Where did the author get their information? Did they use good sources?


Why was this information published? Is it for entertainment? Education? Argument? Advertising?

What does the purpose of the information tell you about the content?