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Suggestions for searching the www

by Gutow, Jonathan H last modified Jun 11, 2009 10:30 PM

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There are many ways to search for information on the World Wide Web.  Most of them involve using what is called a search engine.  Most of these search engines may be used for free because businesses place advertisements at the search engine websites, hoping you will read them.  Most of the search engines will find information by matching titles (and sometimes content) of websites with key words that you enter.  Below are some of the available search engines.  Others may be accessed by clicking on the Search button in the tool bar of your browser.


YAHOO! is one of the easiest sites to use.  In addition to searching they have many interesting links listed in groups.  A good place to start searching.

Google is the biggest search engine/site on the web.  It will provide a lot of hits if you are not finding much using other engines.  Be aware that it puts the sites from its sponsors first.

For searching technical articles, and patents in the chemistry, biochemistry and medical areas SciFinder is the best option.  Student access can be arranged through chemistry faculty members or Polk library.

There are many other search engines and special databases for journals and books.  See the links at Polk Library for a list of  other Web Resources.

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by Gutow, Jonathan H last modified Jun 11, 2009 10:30 PM