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English I and II: Nonprofits Research: Searching


Databases and websites you'll find useful

Specialized Search Engines

Clustering Search Engines:

News Aggregators:
Rocket News
World News

Social Media Search:
Social Mention
Social Searcher

Similar Site Searching
Similar Site Search
Similar Pages

Multisearch Engines

Other Specialty Engines
Fagan Finder

The Filter Bubble--who controls what you see and read online?

Don't we already know how to do this?

This collection of articles and videos is intended to provide some context for understanding both the complexity and limitations of searching and the value in teaching a varied approach to finding accurate, reliable information when just "Googling it" doesn't work.

Keeping current in search

These sites can be useful in keeping up with what's new in the field of search:

A little practice for you...

If you've chosen a nonprofit, make a list of keywords, phrases, names, dates, etc. you can use in the practice below; if you haven't chosen one, here is a list of new and upcoming non profits you can try for today

In Google, Bing, Yahoo, or other large search engine, practice searches using the following strategies and compare them to searches without the strategy:

  • Phrase search (enclose a name, place or phrase in quotation marks)
  • Site search (limit to both a particular site and a domain)
  • An OR search (search for related words associated with your charity)
  • A NOT search (eliminate words, sites or domains)
  • A file type search (limit results to a particular file type)
  • Bookmark  at leat three sites in a folder on your browser

Try different combinations of these searches and report which gave you the best/worst results

Try searching on your topic in three different library databases; limit your searches by

  • Date
  • Publication
  • Full-text
  • Peer reviewed or academic journals
  • Save at least three articles in a folder on the database, or email them to yourself