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BIOL 312 Wildlife Ecology and Management Class Guide

For your management plan, you will need to identify the governmental or private agency that will work to solve the wildlife management problem that you have identified.

Once you have identified your agency, you will need to identify budget information about your organization. This page will show you how to leverage the power of Google to determine budget information for your organization.

site: Limiter

Searching through Your Organization's Website

The site: limiter is incredibly helpful if you're looking for a particular type of source for your research. Sometimes, it might be helpful to get an understanding of the US government's coverage of a topic or you might like to see just what the New York Times is saying about something. 

For example, if you're searching for information on alligators from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Association, you search for your keywords and include Your search would then look like [alligators]. Without the site: limiter, your top search results will be Wikipedia and

Alligators FWS

Searching for Webpage Outside of the United States

Another great way to use the site: limiter is to receive results about other countries from within that country. If you have selected a wildlife problem that is in another country, you will likely only get results from the United States about that problem. Instead, if you search using the county's designated domain ending, you will learn more from the source. 

As an example, if you are looking into giraffes wildlife management in South Africa, you can search [giraffe]:

Giraffe webpages from South Africa

If you're not sure what the domain ending will be for a country, you can simply search for the country and the word domain.

Phrase Searching

Just as in a traditional library database, you can use quotation marks to search for a particular phrase in Google. So searching for [cats and dogs] searches for those words and will return any resource that mentions "cats" or "dogs" or "cats and dogs." Instead when you search for the phrase ["cats and dogs"], you will only return resources that include the exact phrase "cats and dogs." When executing this search, notice the difference in the number of results between the two searches: 




Neither search yields a manageable number of results, but notice that [cats and dogs] yields 2.5 billion results while ["cats and dogs"] yields 62 million. The difference is significant. 

An example where this would be particularly useful is in searching for a country like the United States. You don't want results that mention just the word "united," and you don't want results that only mention the word "states." You instead will want to search for ["United States"].

Putting These Tools Together

The site limiter is powerful, as is phrase searching, but together, you will be able to find high quality information specifically about your topic. Again, if I am researching wildlife management of alligators as it pertains to the FWS, I might conduct a search such as [alligator "management plan"] to see what information is already out there on this topic:

alligator wildlife management webpages on FWS website