How to Search the Web
Learn how to find anything on the Internet with quality Web sites. Become a smarter, savvier searcher. FindingDulcinea also offers foreign language versions of this guide in Chinese
Understanding what the Internet is and how it works can enhance your online ... read more »
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Search engines are online software programs designed to help users locate relevant Web sites, and ... read more »
Aside from Google, there are hundreds of alternative search engines ... read more »
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Most standard sources of information aren't adequate for academic purposes; what you need is the information and in-depth research found only in scholarly sources. Use the sites below to find scholarly sources online that can aid your research or writing.
- Scholarly sources aren't meant to be easy to read or understand. They are often first-hand sources, or come from people and organizations that deal specifically with your topic of interest.
- Start by checking out library Web sites. They often have directories and lists of useful online tools and resources. For example, the New York Public Library has a comprehensive directory of librarian-selected and annotated links to sites with information on a variety of topics.
- The Online Education Database's article, "Research Beyond Google: 119 Authoritative, Invisible, and Comprehensive Resources," details Google alternatives ranging from the invisible Web to search engines specializing in things like art, government data and transportation.
For articles …
compiled by various libraries, is a good resource for university-level research. Find links to databases, electronic journals, electronic books, bulletin boards, articles, researcher directories and more.
maintains more than 25,000 academic sources, including annotated subject directories and digital collections from academic groups, libraries and museums.
For books …
is a bibliographic database. It allows users to locate books in catalogs from more than 10,000 libraries around the world. With bibliographic information for thousands of items, users can also read reviews and summaries.
Google Book Search
allows users to discover new books, read reviews and excerpts, and search within the text of a book. You'll also find links to online stores and actual libraries that carry the book.
For statistics …
U.S. Census Bureau
provides statistics from the Census Bureau, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Bureau of Economic Analysis and other organizations. You'll find stats on a variety of things such as income level and household pet ownership.
The CIA World Factbook
invites you to select a country or location and then presents that country’s flag, places it on a map and provides a thorough overview. Learn about a country's people, geography, economy, military, transportation, communications and more.
For a way to share your finds …
lets you store and share your scholarly sources using keyword tags to organize them as you like. The tool is free and easy to use, making it a snap to access and share your references.
shares your favorite scholarly resources and lets you look through the sources of other users. You'll also find news, discussion and search groups.
For legal reference ...
The Public Library of Law
offers a free searchable database of case law, statutes, regulations, court rules, constitutions and legal forms. Basic searches offer resources from the paid database Fastcase (also the site's sponsor), and advanced options allow you to search for resources from specific jurisdictions and date ranges.
Almost all of the information you find on the Internet is copyrighted. All copyright and ... read more »
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