The internet

Probably the most popular way of finding information is searching the internet. More and more information is being published this way, including web pages, blogs and wikis. To find information on the Internet you can use a search engine such as Google or better still Google Scholar. This guide will show you how to search Google effectively.

The web is most people's favourite information tool. It is very easy to search, it can be used anywhere and there are no passwords to remember. It will take you anywhere you want to go - or will it?
No one search engine searches the entire web. Even Nikesh Arora, then the chief of Google Europe admitted in 2005 that " less than 10% of the world's information is online today. The remaining 90% is still out there on television programmes, on radio stations and in books in libraries" (Burrell 2005).
Users of search engines need to spend a lot of time thinking critically about the results presented. Anyone can publish anything.

Don't be caught out by hoax sites or by misleading scholarship.

Other sections will explain what databases are available at GCU and give some top tips for their use.

Burrell, Ian. (Monday 6th June 2005) Nikesh Arora: we're living in a Google world. The Independent. [Online] Available from [Accessed 28th October 2008].

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