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Nursing: Using the Web

A library research guide for nursing students

Evaluating

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?

There are many other resources to evaluate web pages. One of the more interesting examples is CSU Chico's CRAAP Test

Domain Names

Limiting  your search to specific domains (.edu or .gov) can remove some of the less reputable websites from your Google searches. 

.com - commercial or business

.edu - educational institution

.org - organization (often non-profit)

.gov - government organization

Activate Google Scholar

Go to Google Scholar.
Click on "Settings" at the top of the page.
Click the "Library Links" link on the left side of the page and type "Moorpark College" in the "Show library access links for" box.
Click "Save."
Start searching in Google Scholar. Google Scholar will provide you with a link to your Moorpark College Library database articles through the following link:

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

How Google Search Works

Google Advanced Search

 When searching Google, use the "Advanced search" to limit your search results to a specific domain: .edu, .gov. or .org.  To use the "Advanced Search," click on Settings and select the Advanced search from the drop-down menu.

Try these Google Advanced Search Tips and Tricks