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US - Mission 10 Citing and Sources: Search

Use this guide to ensure that you are researching efficiently and citing accurately. Academic honesty is key to a successful Mission 10 project.

Searching for Information

Whatever your Mission 10 project, you will need to locate reliable information.  On this page you will find sites and advice on how to be sure that you are searching effectively.

Google Scholar Searches

Boolean Searches

Use AND to find all your search terms
migrant AND labour AND remittances

Use OR to find any of your search terms
migration OR remittances

Search for exact phrases using quotations " " (this is important to prevent confusion with "economic development".)
“development economics”

Use truncation (*) to find different word endings and plurals
econom* finds economist, economic, economics, economy, economical

Use the Wildcard (?) to find variations in spelling
labo?r finds labor and labour

Use brackets ( )  for complex search statements
“development economics” AND (migration OR remittances)


Google Scholar Search

Primary and Secondary Sources

Alternative Search Engines

Are you feeling overwhelmed by the sheer number of results from a simple Google search?  Remember that there are a number of useful alternatives.  Do yourself a favour and try these when you are next searching:

RefSeek is a web search engine for students and researchers that aims to make academic information easily accessible to everyone. RefSeek searches more than one billion documents, including web pages, books, encyclopedias, journals, and newspapers. RefSeek's unique approach offers students comprehensive subject coverage without the information overload of a general search engine—increasing the visibility of academic information and compelling ideas that are often lost in a muddle of sponsored links and commercial results ("About").

A Google alternative safe search engine for students offering information and reference sites: art, social sciences,social issues,social problems, history, ...




The Library or Google?


Wolfram Alpha is a powerful search tool. It  uses a complex set of algorithms to answer questions or calculations that you input into the search box. Type in a city and you will be greeted with maps and more demographics than you will ever need. Enter equations, dates, math formulas, or just about anything else, and you will be amazed at the results that are returned. You can find everything from the nutritional value of an apple, to the real time position of the International Space Station as it orbits Earth. (BrightHub Education)

Fact vs Opinion

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