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How to locate and evaluate information and resources on the free Web


SEARCHING GUIDELINES Strategies for effective and efficient information-seeking:


SEARCH TOOLS Different tools for different information needs:


SEARCH TOOLS FOR KIDS Special search engines for elementary and middle school students classroom:


SUBJECT DIRECTORIES AND PORTALS Topical website lists compiled by information professionals and subject experts:

  • http://www.about.com/ About.com Hundreds of Guides maintained by experts: each site includes original articles, selected links, and community feathers like chat rooms.
  • http://www.altavista.com/ AltaVista.com "Extensive database supports complex Boolean searches. Can search in many languages. The optional Family Filter can screen out some objectionable content."
  • http://directory.google.com/ Google Directory "The web organized by topic into categories."
  • http://www.ipl.org/div/pf/ Internet Public Library: Pathfinders "Expert Guides intended to help you get started doing research on a particular topic, both online and at your local library"
  • http://www.virtuallrc.com/ Virtual Learning Resource Center Organized and maintained by a retired school/academic librarian; indexes a wide variety of other portals for a total of 100,000+ student-friendly pages.
  • http://lii.org/ Librarians' Internet Index Organized and maintained by librarians, featuring keyword search and special collections
  • http://www.hw.ac.uk/libWWW/irn/pinakes/pinakes.html Pinakes: a subject launchpad links to major subject gateways and scholarly collections experts
  • http://vlib.org/ The WWW Virtual Library "Widely recognised as being amongst the highest-quality guides to particular sections of the Web" run completely by volunteer subject experts.
  • http://search.yahoo.com/web/advanced?ei=UTF-8 Yahoo Advanced Search Includes fields for creating very specific searches, search by Creative Commons license, with SafeSearch for kid-friendly sites, and by country or language of site.


INVISIBLE/DEEP WEB Unique resources available in specialized online databases:

  • http://library.rider.edu/scholarly/rlackie/Invisible/Inv_Web.html Those Dark Hiding Places: The Invisible Web Revealed comparison of, and links to, directories and portals, deep web databases, specialized search engines.
  • http://infomine.ucr.edu/ Infomine: scholarly Internet Resource Collections Annotated and indexed links to online academic journals, conference proceedings, textbooks, discussion lists, etc. university, graduate, research
  • http://www.freepint.com/gary/direct.htm Direct Search Search center and links to the "search interfaces of resources that contain data not searchable/accessible from general search tools "
  • http://www.gigablast.com/ Gigablast Locates Word, Excel, PDF, and other non-HTML files, and "older copies"of websites via The Internet Archive Wayback Machine.


WANT EVEN MORE? check out the list of **Top 25 Web 2.0 Search Engines

    • compiled by the folks at the Online Education Database.


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