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Civil & Environmental Engineering: Finding Reliable Information on the Internet

This guide contains resources and guidance to help students studying Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Information on the internet


We all use Google, but when looking for information on the internet, it's essential to check that your information is reliable and not the work of someone looking to spread misinformation. 
The internet helps find information like: 

  • Fact sheets 
  • Open data 
  • Government policies 
  • Guidelines and procedures 
  • Reference information 

If you are unsure if the information you found is sound, you can use our techniques for evaluating sources.

Using Google to locate information


Google is often the way to find information online. There are 2 simple searching tips that can help you quickly locate sources. You can use these tips by themselves or combine them. 

Tip 1: Search by File Type

Reports are most often shared in PDF format on websites. By limiting your search by file type, it can help you locate reports.

To do this, add the phrase filetype:pdf into your google search. 

Google Web Search

Tip 2: Search by Domain

Filtering your search results by the domain will help you filter your search down to specific types of websites. For example, if I was looking for government reports I could filter my search to Australian government websites by adding to my search.

Other domains you could try include:

  • .org or for organisations
  • .edu or for educational institutions
  • for Australian websites
Google Web Search