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Si is the internet. Here are some suggestions to help you find the information you need on the internet.

General Tips

  • Start with a specific search query ‘child labour’, ‘industrial revolution’, primary sources
  • Use quotation marks to create an exact phrase that you want to find. e.g. ‘industrial revolution’
  • Use lower case and a combination of phrases and keywords e.g. ‘child labour’ ‘industrial revolution’ primary sources
  • If you do not get enough information, make your query a little broader by removing the least important keyword or phrase ‘industrial revolution’ primary sources
  • If you still do not get enough hits, then rephrase query with a different keyword
  • Use the advanced search features of your search engine to narrow your search in a number of ways. e.g. you could use these features to just search for ‘industrial revolution’ United Kingdom
  • When searching library catalogues enter one or two keywords in the ‘keywords’ field on the search page
  • Check your spelling – misspelled words are the major cause of students not finding what they want when searching online information resources

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Google Search Education offers lesson plans and activities on teaching students how to search effectively so they can become critical thinkers and independent learners.

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