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Internet Search Engines

Some Examples

The World Wide Web contains millions of documents; it can be hard to know how to find what you need. You will not find everything you want on the Web. Copyrighted material appearing in print sources or in subscription databases is typically not available on the Web.

Which search engine do I use? It depends on your needs.  The following are listed alphabetically. 

Ask

Produces search results by attempting to identify the most authoritative sites on the Web.

Dogpile

Combines results obtained from several search engines including Google, Yahoo, Ask, and MSN.

Google

Popular, all-purpose search engine. Search for pages in English or specify a different language.

 Google Books
Search and preview books from libraries and publishers worldwide.
 
Google Scholar

Search across disciplines for scholarly literature. Provides a mix of free and fee-based resources.

Librarians'
Internet Index

Not really a search engine but an index.
20,000 Web sites chosen by librarians and organized into topics.

Scirus

Search for information on scientific topics.

Yahoo

One of the oldest search services. Offers category links below some of the sites in the results listing.


How do I start?

Choose concise terms that describe your topic. Think about the different ways of saying the same thing. Try variations when you plug them into your search engine.

bullet Evaluating Web Sites as Reliable Resources will help you determine if you can trust the information that you find.