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How to Write a Research Paper: 4. Searching the Web

Information for gathering components of a research paper. Use the tabs below to find information on: 1. Selecting of a Topic, 2. Types of Information Sources, 3. Locating Information, 4. Searching the Web, 5. Evaluating Sources, and 6. Citation

Domain Searching

Domain Search

1. In the original search, add site:.edu (or .gov ; .org ; .net) at the end of the search terms. 

Example:  music careers site:.edu


2. If you use Google’s Advanced Search, one option is to narrow the search by site or domain.

Common Domains

.com = commercial site

.net =network provider

.org =organization

.edu =education - school or university

.mil = military website

.gov = government website

.com, .net, and .org sites are less regulated, meaning anyone can register for a website with that domain.  .edu, .mil, and .gov sites are MORE REGULATED, and tend to be more reliable.