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ART 2602: Introduction to Digital Studio Practice

Searching Google

Here are a few quick tips for searching Google.

  • Search Within a Specific Website (site:), example: feral cats
  • Use quotation marks to search for an exact phrase (" ")
  • Within a Google Image Search, you may click on Tools to find:
    • Usage Rights (find images you are allowed to modify and reuse!) and to find large images that will not become pixelated if you "blow them up." (by size) 

For all of the search tips and hacks, visit our Google Guide!


Evaluating the Web with CRAAP

First things first: Find out what types of sources your instructor will allow you to use for the assignment. Some will only allow references from scholarly journals and books.

On second thought: If you are permitted to use web resources and newspaper and magazine articles in your papers and projects, you will want to evaluate the information to make sure that it is an authoritative and credible source (unless you are illustrating a point about them-- for example, showing depictions of women in the 1920s from a magazine).

Some things to consider in evaluating all types of sources*:
Currency: Is the information current and up-to-date?
Relevance: Does the information have anything to do with your topic?
Authority: Is it authoritative? (How do you know if the source is "legit"?)
Accuracy: Is reliable and true?
Purpose: Why does the information exist?

Did your website pass the CRAAP Test?!

*Criteria adapted from the CRAAP Test, Meriam Library, California State University, Chico