Make a list of search words and phrases related to your search. You will edit and refine this list as you go through your search process and learn more.
Things to consider:
Google Advanced Search: https://www.google.com/advanced_search
Use domain limiter (.org, .edu, .gov) - but be careful. These sites could still be business or political sites masquerading as information sources.
Additional primary source search terms to try if needed:
Or, try these format specific search terms:
source: Robin M. Katz, How to Google for Primary Sources. (Click for additional search terms.)
To evaluate your sources, go as far as you can. Look for:
source: Robin M. Katz, Evaluating Primary Sources Online. (Click for more.)
This demonstrates a search with limiting to ebook format. We do have hard copy primary source material as well, but if you are no coming on campus...
If you do see a print work that you want, request the item and we will get you an ebook copy if one is available. Be sure to allow plenty of time (2 weeks) for processing. The demonstration is using the California Gold Rush, but the process is the same for your topic.
In many cases, social media can be considered a primary source, but must be evaluated carefully.
What is the source?
Is it a primary source?
What is the source itself?
Source: Robin M. Katz, Evaluating Primary Sources Online: Social Media