Search Engines

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Subject Directories:

  • Overview of topics helpful for researching background information.

Subject-based Gateways:

  • Created by librarians or experts, these sites are also known as virtual libraries.
    • Infomine
      • Librarian-reviewed virtual library containing mostly scientific academic Internet resources including databases, e-resources, bulletin boards, mailing lists, articles, and directories of researchers.
    • Librarian's Index to the Internet 
      • Compiled by public librarians, websites chosen for content and reliability. 
      • Best place to start looking for Internet sources for your papers and research.
    • Voice of the Shuttle 
      • University of California at Santa Barbara. 
      • Database of dynamic content on the web that covers humanities, literature, history, mathematics, music, science and other liberal art disciplines.

Search Engines:

  • Search engines make use of robots, spiders, and crawlers which trace hyperlinks across the Web.
    • AltaVista
      • Searches for text and images and translates foreign language web sites.
    • HotBot
      • Advanced search functions offer ability to search in combination of forms (i.e. images, video)
    • Teoma  
      • Results are ranked on its subject-specific popularity (number of Web pages about the referenced subject) as well as its general popularity (number of all web pages referenced to this page).

Meta Search Engines:

  • Meta searchers or crawlers search several search engines simultaneously.
    • Excite 
      • Searches leading Web search engines: Google, Look smart, Ask Jeeves, About, Overture, Find What, FAST, Open Directory, Search Hippo and Sprinks.
    • IXQuick  
      • Results are preceded by one or more stars which indicate how many search engines included the item in top ten results.