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FREN 105: Directions de la France contemporaine (HC)

French 105: Directions de la France contemporaine (Corbin) Spring 2015

Web Searching

Searches on the Open Web fail to capture many of the results from the so-called "deep web" (e.g., password-protected material or library catalog records).  Moreover, search engines can often return irrelevant or non-scholarly results.  Nonetheless, Google and other search engines can still be useful—if limited—discovery tools if you know how to refine your searches.  For example, you might try limiting your search by various domains or using another one of the search tips offered here:


Limit your search to words in the title:


Limit your search by domain:

  • Limited to websites of higher-education institutions in the United States:
  • Limited to sites in France:
  • Limited to French government websites:

Remove irrelevant results:


Search for synonyms and combine search strategies:


Additional Tips for Searching

Use the the Google Advanced Search screen to conduct advanced searches including, but not limited to, those on the left.


See Google's Cheat Sheet for further tips on constructing and refining your searches.


See Nancy Blachman's GoogleGuide for even more tips.