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Sociology: Google & the Web

This guide is intended to help Moorpark College students learn about a variety of resources for conducting research in sociology

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Google Advanced Search

When searching Google, use the "Adanced Search" to limit your search results to a specific domain .edu, .gov. or .org.  To use the "Advanced Search," click on the little gear symbol.
 

Activating Google Scholar

  • Click the "Library Links" link on the left side of the page and type "Moorpark College" in the "Show library access links for" box.
  • Check the two boxes and click on the Save button.
  • When you search for your topic, Google Scholar will provide you with a link to your Moorpark College Library database articles through the following link:
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  • Click the "Get it at MC Library" link. From off campus, you will be prompted to login to MyVCCCD username and password.
  • If you need assistance, call the Reference Desk at 805-378-1472 or email us at mcreference@vcccd.edu.
Google Scholar Search

Evaluating the Web

Whenever you are considering using a website as a source, it is very important that you review the contents in detail. An easy way to make a determination is to use Jim Kapoun's Five Criteria for Evaluating Web Pages:

  1. Accuracy - Can you find an actual author? Is the contact information provided correct? 
  2. Authority - Does the author have any credentials? Have they conducted any research? What makes them an expert? 
  3. Objectivity - Is the information biased? Are they linked to other organizations (especially commercial)? 
  4. Currency - When was the last update to this website? 
  5. Coverage - How in depth is the material? Is it basic, informative information you can get anywhere else?