The following resources have been selected to aid your search of the Internet. There are many tools available and deciding which one to use depends on what kind of information you are looking for.
Web Subject Trees - Subject trees arrange links to Web resources hierarchically by broad subject (science, for example), then progressively narrower subjects (biology, then zoology, then entomology). Subject trees are good for exploring a wide range of Internet resources on a particular subject when you do not have a specific site in mind. Subject trees are more selective than search engines. You will probably find fewer, but more relevant, links by searching the subject lists in a subject tree rather typing the same subject into a search engine. Some subject trees have search engines that can search for words or phrases within the subject categories.
Web Search Engines - Search engines search large parts of the World Wide Web for specific words or phrases. Each search engine will retrieve different results because search engines cover varying numbers of sites and use different search mechanisms. Search engines are especially useful if you are looking for a specific site and know a few key words that might appear in the title or text, or are searching for a very specific subject. Most search engines include search tips that are worth studying.
Courseware (World Lecture Hall) - The World Lecture Hall (WLH) contains links to pages created by faculty worldwide who are using the Web to deliver class materials. For example, you will find course syllabi, assignments, lecture notes, exams, class calendars, multimedia textbooks, etc.
FTP and Software - Search tools in this category are helpful in locating programs, workstation applications such as Internet browsers and file readers. FTP is often much faster for downloading large files and many resources such as Netscape or Microsoft have FTP sites as well as web sites for downloading their software products.
Meta-Search Engines - These tools allow you to enter a search term in multiple search engines simultaneously. Getting results is rarely a problem with one search engine so use this option sparingly unless you are conducting an exhaustive search or have a very specific topic in mind.
Created by: Sharon Quinn Fitzgerald and Christine Whittington | Revised: 01/28/08
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