Start with a Background Check!

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Is Google Really
All That?

Google can be a great place to start, but there are only a few ways to refine your search results.

In the library databases, there are numerous ways to manipulate the results and weed out irrelevant information.


Use these resources to locate background information on science and engineering topics. Good background information will help you start your information search:

  • Academic Search Complete: Locate articles in newspapers, magazines and academic journals.
  • Google Scholar: Search for scholarly literature across many disciplines and sources. Remember to limit your search results to the last five years to get the most recent information
  • United States Newspapers: Newspapers report major scientific and technological findings in a timely fashion.
  • Wikipedia: Provides a great overview of a topic and place to locate "good" keywords for searches in other databases.