Improving Searching on the World Wide Web
Imagine you are searching for information in the world's largest library,
where the books and journals (stripped of their covers and title pages) are
shelved in no particular order, and without reference to a central catalogue.
A researcher's nightmare? Without question. The World Wide Web defined? Not
exactly. Instead of a central catalogue, the Web offers the choice of dozens
of different search tools, each with its own database, command language,
search capabilities, and method of displaying results.
This is an Internet tool which will search for Internet sites
words that you designate as a search term. Search engines DO NOT
Internet itself, but search databases of information which the
the search engine has developed. One of the largest search
engines is Google.
SUBJECT DIRECTORIES: organize the Internet sites by subjects.
This lets the
user choose a subject and then browse a list of resources in that
Subject directories are built by humans (rather than computer
they are smaller than search engine databases. Directories
depend on the
descriptors provided by the company. If these are not specific
search might be unsuccessful. As a result, directories can be
finding general information, but not too successful in locating
specifics."YAHOO" is the most common subject directory, others
"ABOUT," "INFOMINE," "LOOKSMART,"
"WEBGEMS," and "WWW VIRTUAL LIBRARY."
META SEARCH ENGINES: are search tools that do not have databases
but search many other search engines. "Metacrawler" searchs all
following: Lycos, Webcrawler, Excite, AltaVista, and Yahoo.
engines will make your search more comprehensive, but slower to
good meta search engines are Dogpile, Ixquick, Metacrawler,
Choose the Best Search for Your Information Need
Shows which search engine according to your topic and needs
All in one page best search engines on the web, type keyword
search into one
and if nothing is found, click back, your keyword is still there
for the next
searchcube is a graphical search engine that presents search
results in a compact, visual format in three dimensions
Soople - easy search google and advanced calculator
Sources and guides for writing research papers broken down into
Humanities, Social Sciences, History, and Science with sample
Research and documentation
Evaluating Websites -- what makes a website good?
Find best databases in the Invisible Web
What is the most effective search strategy?
Decide whether a search engine or a subject directory is the best vehicle for
the information you need. The more specific the information needed, the more
likely you will want to use a search engine or a meta search engine. The
amount of information on the Internet can be overwhelming. to narrow your
search results, use a search engine that allows boolean operators (and, not,
or) and enter as many keywords as possible.
Get used to more than one search engine. Read the "tips"
provided by them
you will be surprised how easier searching becomes. For example, AltaVista
allows using the + sign instead of writing out AND.