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Internet Search Tools

Internet Search Tools

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Internet Search ToolsSearch Engines1. Individual search engine: uses computer programs called “spiders”, “crawlers”, or“robots” to match key search words with the web pages that contain them
 The results returned are lists of web pages and titles
Does not search the Internet itself, but instead searches databases of information about the Internet
Google.com, Ask.com, Yahoo Live2. Meta-search engine: search engines for information to several search enginessimultaneously and compiles the results3. As the results are compiled, duplications are eliminated, thus yielding fewerresults4. A time-saver compared to regular search engine5. Examples: Google Custom Search allows users to control their search byspecifying name of the search engine, description, language, sites, etc6. Subject directories: search databases that are developed and maintained byhuman selections of sites to search broad subject categories and their description
Used to research and often linked to library systems, research databases
Mostly made up of specialized searchable databases, such as library catalogs
Searches for non-HTML formats (PDF, Word, excel, Power Point)
Results in more reliable pages than search engines
http://informine.ucr.edu: compiled by academic libraries
www.Lii.org: Libraries’ Internet index
www.about.com7. EBSCOhost: premium online information resources for institutions
Colleges and universities, hospitals and medical institutions, corporations
Government, K-12 schools, Public libraries1. Librarysearch.com- a subsidiary of EBSCOhost2. ERC: Education Resources and Information Center3. CRS: Current Research and Information Center4. Incywincy.com5. Completeplanet.com6. Google ScholarInternet Search Methods8. Keyword: Unique phrases, synonyms, or word variations9. Field: a search parameter such as title, date of publication. Useful for drillingdown and focusing on specific content10. Boolean Logic
Uses operators with keywords to narrow search parameters
Operations include AND, OR, and **+-NOT
AND narrows results by searching for pages that contain both keywords

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