How to better examine your Google search sources

Aug 27, 2022, 5:45 AM
In this photo illustration the logo and search page of the multi-facetted internet giant Google is ...
In this photo illustration the logo and search page of the multi-facetted internet giant Google is displayed on a computer screen on April 13, 2006 in London, England. (Photo Illustration by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
(Photo Illustration by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Q: What is the source of information Google provides when I use the ‘About this result’ feature?

A: Now, more than ever, it’s important to know the source of information you find online and Google’s attempt to provide more information about its search results called ‘About this result’ was launched in early 2021.

You can access this feature by clicking on the three small dots just to the right of the URL and just above the title of each result on the page which will result in a small box of information.  BETA means that it’s still in development, but it’s perfectly safe to use, unlike some beta software programs.


The first section will be labeled ‘Source’ and will try to provide a Wikipedia overview of the website itself, not on the specific page in the result.  It’s essentially an overview of the author of the website if it exists somewhere on

It will also clearly point out if the link is to an ad or sponsored link or if it’s an actual search result page.

If it doesn’t have an associated Wikipedia page, Google will provide the approximate month and year that the website was first indexed.  This is a quick way to know if a website was just recently created or has been around for a long time.

Most scam websites are relatively new since they tend to get shut down as they are discovered forcing them to create new ones.

It will also provide the entire URL, so you can fully examine it before ever clicking on it.

Lastly, it gives you a quick confirmation as to whether your connection will be secure (https://) or not with a link to ‘More about this page’ which leads to a page with two different sections: About the source and About the topic.

About The Source

If there was no Wikipedia page for reference, you’ll see a description created by the website itself (In their own words) and other search results about the source if they exist.

Depending upon the subject of the search, you may also get a description from Google’s Knowledge Graph (, which is a database of facts about people, places and things.

These additional search results from third parties can be a very helpful way to evaluate the source when it’s one you aren’t familiar with.

About The Topic

This section will provide additional websites that are also discussing the topic or item that you searched for, so you can get more perspective from a variety of sources.

If it’s a news-related search, you’ll see articles about the topic from a variety of news sources in addition to the one link in your search results.

Not Perfect, But Useful

This feature is far from a perfect way to investigate sources of information, but it does provide some easy-to-use tools for gathering useful information to help us all get a handle on misinformation.

This is all machine-driven, which is why it won’t always be helpful, but it’s certainly a better way to scrutinize information than taking things at face value from a friend’s social media post!

Data Doctors

(Facebook Photo/Otter Voice Meeting Notes)...
Data Doctors

Here are some tips for using free voice recognition software

Today’s voice recognition technology is far from perfected, but if you’re willing to spend the time training yourself, it can be useful.
3 days ago
Jumper cables are jammed to a car battery. Photo: Christophe Gateau/dpa (Photo by Christophe Gateau...
Ken Colburn, Data Doctors

Here are tips for buying car battery jumper packs

The starting price of these battery packs is so cost-effective, it’s kind of a no-brainer to have one for each car in your family.
10 days ago
(AP Photo/Richard Drew)...
Data Doctors

Here is how long different iPhone support services last

Different versions of iPhone support services can last longer than others, so here's a list of how long repair, iOS and app support lasts.
17 days ago
(Pexels Photo)...
Data Doctors

What to do with random PayPal security messages

If you are getting ‘security codes’ from a standard 10-digit phone number, it isn’t PayPal at all.
24 days ago
(Pexels Photo)...
Data Doctors

Here are tips for finding recently added contacts in your iPhone

Here are some other ways to navigate finding recently added contacts in your iPhone.
1 month ago
(Pexels Photo)...
Data Doctors

Smartphone cases, other factors could be the reason your phone is overheating

There are a few variables that could be the reason your smartphone is overheating -- here's what you can do to prevent it.
1 month ago

Sponsored Articles

Children’s Cancer Network

Children’s Cancer Network celebrates cancer-fighting superheroes, raises funds during September’s Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Jace Hyduchak was like most other kids in his kindergarten class: He loved to play basketball, dress up like his favorite superheroes and jump as high as his pint-sized body would take him on his backyard trampoline.

Key dates for Arizona sports fans to look forward to this fall

Fall brings new beginnings in different ways for Arizona’s professional sports teams like the Cardinals and Coyotes.
Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Most plumbing problems can be fixed with regular maintenance

Instead of waiting for a problem to happen, experts suggest getting a head start on your plumbing maintenance.
How to better examine your Google search sources