INTERNET SEARCH TOOLS
When searching the internet, most search engines have a proprietary algorithm for ranking results.Â To get the most specific results, we recommend the following:
- PutÂ phrases in quotation marks.
- Eliminate extraneous words like how, why, the, etc.
- Search on several specific keywords.
- Many search engines also have an advanced search feature.
|Â A very large and popular search engine that allows you to search the web, groups, images, directories and news. For the majority of searches, the best place to start. Partial Boolean.|
|The oldest of all the engines and directories. So why use it? Consider Yahoo anytime you want a human-reviewed web site.Bing
Microsoft’s search engine.Â Provides good, relevant results.Â Like Google, you can also search images, videos, maps, and news.Â Click on the More button for more options.
|“As the only Q&A service combining the power of search with the insight of a live user community, Ask.com’s innovative technology scours the web to find answers where they exist online, then turns to a qualified Ask.com user when they don’t.”Â (About Ask.com)Â The “Others are Asking” featureÂ can help refine your search.|
|Google Scholar searches scholarly sites and includes books, articles, theses, and court cases.Â If searching from on-campus, a link is providedÂ to NMHU Journal Finder, enabling patrons to check for full-text seamlessly.|
Science.gov searches over 55 databases and over 2100 selected websites from 13 federal agencies.
|Developed by Elsevier Science, Scirus enables scientists, students and anyone searching for scientific information to chart and pinpoint data, locate university sites, and find reports and articles in a clutter-free, user-friendly and efficient manner.|
|Evaluating the validity of information obtained from a web site, newspaper article, book and everything else in between is one of the most difficult tasks to perform. You need to ask yourself a variety of questions for which you often have no answers.Â Donâ€™t despair. There are number of very good Internet resources that will help you look for the crucial elements to evaluate a site; and, donâ€™t forget the Library, and theÂ Writing Lab here on campus where you can talk to some real people.|
Internet Resources for Evaluating Web Sites
|The Teaching Library, University of California, Berkeley|
|The Good, The Bad & The Ugly: or, Why It’s a Good Idea to Evaluate Web Sources, New Mexico State University|
|These are web sites selected by our librarians.|
|Websites by Subject:Â Complete List of sites by subject|
|Business Web Sites|
|Education Web Sites|
|Social Work Web Sites|
|Reference Web Sites|
|Government WebÂ Sites|