Search Engines and Strategies
Search the Web:
Other Search Engines:
|AltaVista||Hot Bot||Raging Search|
More Internet Search Engines
Search Engines for Kids!
|Librarians' Index||Infomine||Britannica Web's Best||WWW Virtual Library|
|Yahoo||Galaxy||Argus Clearinghouse||BUBL Link|
More Internet Subject Directories
How to choose a search engine or directory.
How to find information:
The Internet is an enormous network of computers linked to one another. Remote computers (or servers) store files of information. Client (or local) computers access or view the information. The client computer runs software, which enables the computer to view the information. When you log onto the Internet using Netscape or Internet Explorer (or another "browser"), you are using this software to view documents on the World Wide Web.
The browser reads or translates the HTML (Hypertext Markup Language-- the scripting language used to create web documents) and allows the viewer to "see" the document. Hypertext refers to the highlighted or underlined links that take you to other documents using URL's (Universal Resource Locators). URL's are the unique web addresses for each document on the Internet. The URL tells us where the document resides:
What's in a URL web address:
|Protocol||Domain Name, Location of the remote computer (server) on the Internet||Directory Path, or Folder where the file resides on the remote computer||Actual file or document|
It is useful to understand the structure of the URL for a number of reasons. We can tell if a site's origin is commercial, educational, a government agency, or an organization. Frequently we can also tell in what country the site is located. Occasionally, we may follow a link to a document that is no longer accurate. The file or document we are looking for may still be residing on the site, but has just been moved to a different directory or been renamed. By starting at the end of the URL and deleting a section at a time, it is often easy to discover the new location of the document.
There are a variety of ways to search for information on the internet, and there are a number of resources on the web to guide you.
Where to start:
Plan your search
Identify your concepts
Make a list of keywords or phrases
Decide which search tool to use
Use a subject directory when you want to research a broad topic
Use a subject directory when you are looking for lists of sites pertaining to your topic
Use a subject directory when you want lists recommended by experts
Use a search engine when you are seeking a particular site
Use a search engine when you want to research a narrow topic
Use a search engine when you are looking for specific types of documents
Use proper language and searching conventions
Use quotation marks around phrases or proper names
Search with Boolean logic using words such as: and, or, not, + to specify relationships among keywords
standards and language arts resources
Franklin Roosevelt and Date of Infamy
Check the directions given for each search engine
Experiment with different search engines
Try alternative terms or key words
Try one of these web resources for more detailed searching information:
Recommended Search Strategy from UC Berkeley Library
Research Guides from University at Albany Libraries
Searching the Internet: Recommended Sites and Search Techniques from University at Albany Libraries
Hopefully, this information will make it easy for you to find the right search vehicle and technique to locate useful information for your research.
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