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Research: The Research Process

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Research process

This page contains information on the Research Process, finding information and evaluating sources of information.

Research @ LHC

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Click here for an outline of the Research Process and Search Tips.

The Research Process

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Source Selection - RADaR

Google Scholar

Google Scholar Search

TIP: You can use filetype:pdf in your search e.g genetics filetype:pdf to find PDF versions of articles. If you find an article in Google Scholar that you can't access, try searching for it in our library databases.

Google Scholar Search Tips

Google Advanced Search

When evaluating a website, an important technique is being able to 'read' the URL.  The ability to read a website address, will tell you a lot about the creator, the audience, the purpose and the country of origin. 

Lourdes Hill College website  -









(3 letter domain name)

(2 letter country domain name)

Google Advanced search techniques

 1. Add site: and a domain name to your search terms.

  • Looking for an educational site -  genetic engineering site:edu
  • Looking for a government site - genetic engineering site:gov
  • To restrict your search to Australian websites, add '.au' -  genetic engineering

3 letter Domain names

.gov - Government 

Note:  .go -  some countries, such as Indonesia, use this code for government

.edu - Educational 

.org - Organizations (nonprofit)

.mil -  Military

.com - commercial

.net - Network organizations

2 letter Domain names - country of origin

.au - Australia

.uk - United Kingdom

.cn - China

.in - India

.id - Indonesia

* A complete list can be found on the CIA World Factbook

2. Use a Google command to limit results to the MOST RECENT: After you get your results, choose the Google Menu Bar, and choose 'Tools'. Then on the far left, at the drop-down menu next to 'Any Time', .you can choose 'Within the last year' (or less, if you prefer), but generally, you can choose 'Custom Range' at the bottom, as often the last 3 to 5 years would be sufficient for a recent search.

4. To link directly to Google Advanced Search, click on the following link.

Use 'Ctrl F' (Control + Find) to search for particular terms easily in a long document, whether from a website or a database article.

Research Help




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