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Searching the Internet


Search Engines | Meta-Search Engines
Search Strategies | Evaluation of Internet Resources

Search directories

Features of Search Directories:
Search Directories organize and index information from the World Wide Web according to subject classifications. Developers of search directories examine Web sites for subject content and place them in appropriate categories. Information provided is evaluated and selected. They are useful for identifying relevant sites on particular topics.

Britannica | CyberDewey | Galaxy | INFOMINE | InfoSurf | Internet Public Library | Librarian's Index to the Internet | Study Web | Yahoo!


Search Engines

Features of Search Engines:
Search engines perform keyword searches which are created by software programs often referred to as "robots" or "spiders". Information provided is NOT evaluated, selected or organized. Search engines can be very useful tools for finding specific pieces of information.

AltaVista | Direct Hit | Excite | Google | HotBot | InfoSeek | LookSmart | Lycos | Northern Light | Planet Search | Search.com | Search Buddy | Snap.com | Thunderstone | Webcrawler | WhatUseek


Meta-Search Engines

Features of Meta-Search Engines:
Meta-search engines allow searchers to type their search statement(s) into a search box. The meta-search engines search multiple engines simultaneously and retrieve information from every tool queried. Meta-search engines save searching time and provide a good overview of web documents meeting the search criteria. Search results, however, might contain documents that are not relevant to needed information.

Ask Jeeves | BigHub.com | Cyber411 | DogPile | Mamma.com | MetaCrawler | MetaFind | Profusion | SavvySearch


Search Tools Comparison


Search strategies


Internet Search Strategy Guides


Evaluation of Internet Resources

Internet resources provide current and valuable information on a variety of subjects. However, information available via the Internet can be misleading, biased, deliberately fraudulent, outdated, or erroneous. It is very important to develop critical skills on how to evaluate these resources rather than having a blind faith in any information provided by the Internet. The following are suggested CRITERIA to consider for evaluating Internet resources.


Web Evaluation Articles

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