You can use a special search argument in a Google search to find only information on government sites.
Add site:gov to your search to retrieve only government-sponsored web pages.
For example, to find government-produced information on thin films, you would type "nano thin films" site:gov in the Google search box.
The Internet is largely an uncontrolled mass of information.
When evaluating web pages, ask yourself: "Would my professor consider this a scholarly source?"
Look at every web site you are thinking of citing based on COALA:
Currency -- Is the information up to date? When was the last time it was updated? Be careful about trusting information you find on an old Web site.
Objectivity -- What is the Web site's purpose? Is it solely to provide information or is it to sell a product or express an opinion? Is it biased? Are facts included?
Authorship -- Is the person or company publishing the information reliable and trustworthy? What are this person's credentials? Can this person claim authority in that field?
Layout -- Is it easy to find information on the Web site? Does the Web site have a lot of pop-up ads and distracting advertisements? Such tools can take away from a site's content.
Accuracy -- Is the material correct? Are there any spelling or grammar mistakes? Has the information been edited and fact-checked? Are there any factual errors?
Excerpted from: "Evaluating Online Sources." World News Digest. Facts On File News Services. 11 Aug. 2009 <http://www.2facts.com>.
When on campus, WVU-Libraries-purchased content will display for you. When at home, use the Preferences in Google Scholar to display WVU-Libraries-purchased content. Use the Find it @ WVU application to go to the full content of articles.