Following are some of the more popular search engines for
the Internet. Simply click on the icon/logo to link to the respective
search engine. For more details on searching, see below.
Searching the Worldwide
Is a website's source clearly identifiable?
Do you trust the source?
Is any biographical or organizational information available
on the author of the website?
Has the website received any awards?
How current is the information?
Is a website update date clearly noted?
Searching the Internet - First, it must be understood
that just because you assume information is on the internet,
does not make it so. Keep in mind, that if publishers have a
copyright on information, or they place a high dollar value on
the information, they are NOT going to give it away! The internet
is good for current news or government and commercial information.
The internet is not necessarily good for historical data or comprehensive
When searching the worldwide web, be clear as to where you are
Bottom line, if you do not know the source of data... be suspicious!
How do search engines work?
It is important to understand how search engines work.
Why do you get different results using different engines
while looking for the same thing?
What are the search techniques?
What is boolean logic?
How are results listed/displayed?
A comprehensive catalog of (and link to) available search
engines can be found at Search
Engine Watch .
In addition, the following websites provide good reviews of search
engines and web searching basics.
search engines work
Findspot helps & tips
the net; internet for beginners
Meta-search engines provide the ability to search the web
with multiple search engines in one combined search. Some of
the more common meta-search engines are listed below with their
key features. (click on logo to connect)
You do need to understand how these meta-search engines work,
since entering just one search strategy can have different results
within the various specific search engines. In addition to the
review sites mentioned in the search engine section (above),
a good site for reviewing meta-search engines is Search
Specialty Search Engines
Specialty search engines focus your search of the web to a
unique or special topic. There are hundreds of specialty search
Some specific specialty search engines:
FirstGov - searches
only U.S. Government information
Access Indiana - searches only
Tyson Library, Versailles, Indiana