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Suggestions for searching the www

by Jonathan Gutow last modified Jan 04, 2017 11:34 AM

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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 it has lists of things by category that you can drill down through.

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.

BING is Microsoft's competitor to Yahoo and and Google.

DuckDuckGo is a search engine that claims not to track you. It also does not try to personalize answers based on what it thinks you want to know about.

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 databases for the sciences.

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by Jonathan Gutow last modified Jan 04, 2017 11:34 AM