Search the Web - resources and toolsAccess to most of these electronic resources is governed by a license agreement. When you use an electronic resource, you will be visiting a web site outside this site, and usage may be monitored by the licenser. Generally, you are allowed to download or print a reasonable quantity of material for your personal, non-commercial, educational use.

Directories and General Search Engines Search Tools Comparison Chart
Information from the US GovernmentEvaluation/Critical Thinking About Information
Metasearch EnginesMore Information About Searching

This page contains links to various search tools freely available on the World Wide Web. Since many of these search tools do not screen Web sites for quality you must evaluate all the information you find. More information about this is available in the Evaluation/Critical Thinking About Information section of this page.

NOTE: Before searching the WWW, we recommend that you begin your research with one of the databases. These databases provide access to an enormous amount of scholarly information which cannot be found by any of the search tools on this page. See our e-Resources A-Z and Browse by Subject pages for these databases.

Please read any usage agreement associated with information contained within a database (except those listed on the e-Resources A-Z list) that you may find searching the Internet.

DIRECTORIES and SEARCH ENGINES - Directories have results clustered by category and can be browsed; Search engines have lists of results.

Tips: Use quotes around phrases / minus sign to exclude a word / (often) * to truncate a word
- indicates that sites are selected by people for quality, rather than indexed by machine



Help with AltaVista


Argus Clearinghouse

Help with Argus

Help with Britannica



Help with Excite



Help with Google

  Google DirectoryHelp with Google Directory


Help with HotBot

  InfomineFor help, click on Search Tips

Librarians' Index to the Internet

Help with Index

  Scout Report ArchivesHelp with Scout Report Archives

WWW Virtual Libraries Catalog

Category index



Help with Yahoo

INFORMATION FROM THE U.S. GOVERNMENT - Search engines that specifically search government Web sites.
   FirstGovHelp with FirstGov
   Google Uncle SamHelp with Google Uncle Sam
   usgovsearch from Northern LightHelp with usgovsearch
METASEARCH ENGINES - Sites that run your search in several search engines simultaneously.
   ixquickHelp with ixquick


Help with Metacrawler

   Query ServerHelp with Query Server
   VivisimoHelp with Vivisimo

Search Tools Comparison Chart - part of the InfoPeople Project

EVALUATION/CRITICAL THINKING ABOUT INFORMATION- Sites with guidelines for evaluating information on Web pages
 Critically Evaluating Information Sources (Cornell University, Olin, Kroch, & Uris Libraries)

Evaluating Web Resources (Wolfgram Memorial Library, Widener University)


The ICYouSee Guide to Critical Thinking About What You See on the Web (Ithaca College Library)


Thinking Critically about World Wide Web Resources (UCLA College Library)


Tips for Evaluating a World Wide Web Search (University of Florida)

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT INTERNET SEARCHING - Reviews, lists of search engines, searching tips, and more.
 Search Engine Watch by Danny Sullivan
 Search Engine Showdown by Greg Notess

Additional resources:

Research Resources: Browse by subject

e-Resources A-Z

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