Before you start

Think about your approach. This site can help you choose and focus your topic.
Choose the Best Search for Your Information Need


Use the database

We have access to an online database, too. Once you click, you should choose the TYPE of database you need.

Evaluate the site

Before you use information from any site, you must be sure to evaluate it. Not all sites contain accurate information. Ask yourself some of the following questions:
  • What does the URL tell you? Check for edu, org, or mil in the address (.com tells you it's commercial)
  • Who is the author? Not finding an author might mean something.
  • Is it updated?
Look for information about Martin Luther King, and you will find at least one site hosted by Stormfront, a "white supremacy" organization. The information is false and offensive. Look carefully and think critically about what you read. Do not take information at face value.


Evaluate the images

You must also check photos in the same way you evaluate websites.
Check this out

Refine your search

Google Searching: Google is always a good place to start. You can refine your search in this way:
Use quotation marks around your phrase "Fredericksburg Academy" not Fredericksburg Academy
Google says this about terms:
Choosing the right search terms is the key to finding the information you need.
Start with the obvious – if you're looking for general information on Hawaii, try Hawaii.
But it's often advisable to use multiple search terms; if you're planning a Hawaiian vacation, you'll do better with vacation Hawaii than with either vacation or Hawaii by themselves. And vacation Hawaii golf may produce even better (or, depending on your perspective, worse) results.
Also try subject gateways like this:
Librarian's Internet Index

Cite your sources

Finally, you must cite your sources. Try this link: