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Information from the US Government Evaluation/Critical Thinking About Information
Metasearch Engines More 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 (i.e. it could be written by a school-aged child), 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 high-quality databases to which Wellesley College subscribes. 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 Research Resources: Organized 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.

- Indicates site recommended by Wellesley College Library's Research and Instruction Group staff

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 Directory Help with Google Directory


Help with HotBot

    Infomine For help, click on Search Tips

Librarians' Index to the Internet

Help with Index

    Scout Report Archives Help 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.
    FirstGov Help with FirstGov
      Google Uncle Sam Help with Google Uncle Sam
METASEARCH ENGINES - Sites that run your search in several search engines simultaneously.
    ixquick Help with ixquick


Help with Metacrawler

      Query Server Help with Query Server
      Vivisimo Help 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

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


Evaluating Web Resources (Wolfgram Memorial Library, Widener University)


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


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

  Evaluating Information (Purdue University Libraries) - includes information about evaluating books, periodical articles, and Web sites
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
  ResearchBuzz by Tara Calishain

e-Resources A-Z
Subject Pages: Browse by Subject

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