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Economics Guide: Search the Internet

This research guide shows the best sources of information in economics.

Searching Google like a scholar

Google Advanced Search

Your first stop for research should be the Library Databases and Library OneSearch

Next, try locating reputable sources with a Google Advanced Search

The following example uses the federal reserve as a topic:

This exact word or phrase:  "federal reserve"                 

  • Google use quotations “federal reserve”

Any of these words: recession depression                   

  • Google adds an ‘or’ between like words

None of these words:  amazon                                     

  • word: -amazon

Numbers ranging from:                                                 

Dates can be entered here

 Then narrow your results by:

 Site or domain:  .gov or                                    

  • To limit results, in this case .gov may be helpful

Reading level:

  • Advanced or Intermediate                                                           

File type: 

  • Selecting a pdf file may get you articles

Google Scholar

CRAP Checklist for Evaluating Sources

  • You can use this list as a guide for evaluating your sources, whether they are websites or from SVC resources.
  • You don't need to be able to answer all the questions but use the list as a general evaluating tool.
  • How recent is the information, does it matter to your topic?
  • Has the resource been consistently updated/revised?
  • Are links current and working?
  • Is the information really relevant to your topic?
  • Does the creator provide references or sources for data or ideas?
  • Are there errors?
  • Who is the creator, author or sponsor?
  • What credentials does the author or organization have?
  • Does their experience or education indicate that they could be considered "experts"?
  • Is information about the creator easily found?
  • Is information provided about funding sources or data gathering for the work?
  • What is the the purpose of the site? Is it obvious what it's for?
  • Are they trying to sell you something or promote an idea?
  • Who is the intended audience?
  • Is there a strong bias, an aggressive use of language, or a balanced tone?
  • Are there lots of pop-ups and irrelevant ads?


Evaluating Internet Sources

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