Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.
A variety of choices
SweetSearch helps students find outstanding information, faster. It enables them to determine the most relevant results from a list of credible resources, and makes it much easier for them to find primary sources. We exclude not only obvious spam sites, but also marginal sites that read well, but lack academic or journalistic rigor. As importantly, the very best Web sites that are often buried on other search engines appear on the first page of SweetSearch results.
RefSeek's unique approach offers students comprehensive subject coverage without the information overload of a general search engine—increasing the visibility of academic information and compelling ideas that are often lost in a muddle of sponsored links and commercial results.
Google Advanced Search
A way to further narrow your filter bubble.
The advantage to this commercial site is that it is anonymous. That is to say, if you search for pretty shoes, you will not be inundated with shoe ads from thence forward. There are still sponsored ads, and commercial site results.
Mashpedia aggregates content from different online sources in a convenient interface, presenting an organized outlook for every topic that includes: Information from Wikipedia, recent news, books, videos, images, social comments - all related to the topic in question.
So - beware.
Don't forget to use Boolean operators in databases that allow it! How do boolean operators work? Using the following words in uppercase letters can expand or narrow your search.
AND will search for all items including both terms. For example:
- A Keyword search for "Roman AND warfare" will return items that on Roman warfare, but not items on Roman sculpture or guerilla warfare.
This is a great option if you are getting too many results or results that are not specific enough.
NOT will return less results by returning items that only return one of the terms and exclude the other. For example:
- If you are looking for information on Falcons, but keep getting information on the Atlanta team, try searching with "Falcons NOT Atlanta". This will eliminate every falcon result with the word Atlanta in it.
This is a great option if you are getting too many irrelevant results.
OR will search for both terms at once. For example:
- If you search for "doctors OR physicians", you will get all items that include either term.
This is a great option if you are not getting enough results or are not sure which term the author may have used.
Watch the YouTube video to the right for more information on Boolean operators.