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Spanish Courses & Research: Websites
 

Websites in Spanish

1. Search the Spanish web: www.google.es

2. Use country-specific Google sites (usually structured like this):

3. Go into the Advanced Search screen and save preferences for results in Spanish.

Demographics/Statistics Online

Your research may lead you to need statistics on this topic. The most up-to-date numbers are usually found on the web, but we also have a few books if you prefer searching that way.

In addition, business databases will often have articles where statitistics are quoted and are easier to find because the article itself will be about your topic (as opposed to scrolling through a lot of stats to find what you need).

A Few Recommended Websites

Advanced Google Techniques

A Few Advanced Google Searching Strategies:

 NOTE: you must leave no space between the colon and the keyword you include. Include a space afterwards between any additional keywords you might have.

  • site:org or site:gov
    • use site: when you want to limit to sites using a certain domain. You can use this to limit to .com, .edu and .gov. For your project, I recommend .org and .gov.
  • inurl:[name of organization, the word bathroom, or whatever]
    • This is useful if you receive too many unrelated results. Include this limiter to narrow down to sites that use a specific word or phrase in their url.
      • This can backfire, because it is difficult to guess what people might name their website.
  • link:[paste link of site you liked]
    • This is useful if you want to see what other sites link to the site you like. This could show how well-known the site or organization is or show you other organizations that work with that one.
  • related:[paste link of site you liked]
    • It is mysterious what criteria Google uses to find something “similar” to a site you liked, but it’s worth a try if you have difficulty getting results that are similar.
  • Use the Advanced Search screen to get some of these abilities without having to reproduce them, including a “last updated” limiter: http://www.google.com/advanced_search
  • See more tips at https://sites.google.com/site/resourcesandsearchstrategies/google/advanced-searching-in-google

WHAT is it - WHY should you believe it - WHY is it right for you now

PATS: Acronym for Evaluation indicators
Purpose Is the intent to INFORM or PERSUADE?
Authority Scholar? Journalist? Experienced in the topic? Whatever it is, what does it mean in the context of history? Of a country? Of a time period?
Timeliness Depends on your topic whether currency is important
Scope Do you want something that covers the topic broadly, specifically, or in-depth? (e.g., respectively, encyclopedias, news or scholarly articles, and books)