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Internet search engines allow you to search for and retrieve academic/scholarly and non-scholarly information within the Internet. It is important to conduct scholarly searches on the Internet if the materials are used for academic and educational purposes. See example on how to use Google.com.
Please note that there are several Internet search engines. To retrieve other search engines, type "search engines" in the Google (opens in new window) search box.
Google (opens in new window) is one of the most popular Internet search engines. If you go Googling, here are some tips on how to search Google to retrieve academic, scholarly, reliable, and useful materials. Contact the library if you have further questions.
Using Google Scholar
1. Go to Google Scholar (opens in new window).
2. Type your topic in the search box. Click on the drop down menu on the right side of the search box for more search features such as date range, and then click on the "Search" button.
Using Google Advanced Search Features
1. Go to Google (opens in new window).
2. Scroll down to the bottom right corner of the page and click on "Settings" and then click on "Advanced Search."
3. Type your topic or keywords in the search box. Add other search features, terms, or keywords as needed using the drop down feature on the search boxes.
4. Scroll down the page to the "Site or Domain" search box. Type .edu (for educational sites) or .gov (for government sites) in the search box.
5. Click on the "File Type" drop down menu and select the file format you prefer - Pdf (Pdf file), Doc (Word Document), xls (Excel), ppt (PowerPoint), etc.
6. Click the "Advanced Search" button to execute your search.
These are some useful websites for argument-based and opposing viewpoints materials
Debate.org (opens in new window) This site provides links to opposing viewpoints type materials
Procon.org (opens in new window) This link provides opposing viewpoints and controversial issues suitable for argument-based essays.
TED Lectures (opens in new window) This website provides videos of TED lectures covering various social issues and are suitable for argument-based essays. Users can search by topic, language, duration, etc.