How Google Search works
Using Google Search's Advanced Search feature on Google to limit your search results to education websites only as follows:
- Go to Google and click the Settings link on the right of the search screen
- Select the Advanced Search link
- In the first search box after "all these words:" type "granite falls" | "caldwell county" + NC | "north carolina" + "local history" site:.gov
- In the last search box after "Search within a site or domain" type either
- .edu (be sure to type the period in front of edu)
- .org (be sure to type the period in front of edu)
- Then click the Advanced Search button
Notice how all the search results now come from a website with .edu as the domain extension. A domain extension is a two- or three-character code indicating the country or category assigned to a website such as .edu (education).
The domain extension can be an indicator of a site's credibility, but not always. Even though you have now narrowed your search results to just .edu sites where you will be more likely to find academic information, you will still need to examine each site using the tips in the CRAAP Test to make sure it is credible before using the information in your paper.
Google.com Search Tips