UCC Library - Search the Web
- Be sure to try another search service if you don't find what you want using Google.
- Google and Microsoft's Bing are two of the biggest search engines. Both claim to search gazillions of sites.
- Evaluate the information you find on the Web.
- Some search engines look for your words as a phrase, but some will return results that may match only one of your search words. Most search engines recommend enclosing phrases in " " to force the search for a phrase rather than each word.
- With some search engines typing a +[no space] immediately before a word or phrase requires the term(s) to be present in documents and may return more relevant results
- With some search engines typing a - [no space] immediately before a word or phrase excludes documents containing the term(s)
- Search engines provide many ways to limit your search. Look for "advanced search" or "power search" at most search engines to find out what they can do. You can limit searches to pictures, a specific language, or non-profit organizations, for example.
# 2 MAYBE YOU WOULD PREFER A SUBJECT GUIDE?
Actual human beings look at web sites, assign them to subject categories, and sometimes write reviews.
- With these subject directories you'll be searching through categories--subject headings similar to those found in a library catalog--with links to specific web sites about those subjects.
- The Librarians' Index to the Internet is a searchable, annotated subject directory of thousands of Internet resources selected and evaluated by librarians. It's really good!
# 3 HOW ABOUT SEARCHING A UNIQUE DATABASE?
- Looking for a journal article? Search a library database, like Academic Search Premier. Looking for a book? Search a book database, like a library catalog or an online bookstore like Amazon.