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are over 250 search tools available on the Internet. Each
search tool has its own way of finding information, so
to search each one effectively, look at the "Help"
or "Tips" pages before you search. Before you
begin, consider these questions.
Ask Yourself & Suggestions
you need suggestions about where to look for your
Ask your librarians for help before you begin
searching. Phone: (618)395-7777 Ext. 2260 or
Email your librarian
there related words that you might consider?
synonym dictionary and brainstorm ideas.
chapters in your textbook for keywords.
Look for keywords
in the returns from search engines.
do the search tools you select want you to ask questions?
Suggestion: Read the "Help"
or "Tips" search engine web pages.
information you find on the web carefully, especially
when writing papers for class.
Google consistently turns up high-quality,
highly relevant resultsand hasa simple, uncluttered appearance,
is fast and is reliable for project topics.
Yahoo! has a search directory with sites selected
by humans and has a list of topics to browse when you
are just beginning to search for something. Click on one
of the subject areas, such as "Science"
and then type in your keyword(s) or phrases like "acid
Yahoo! is a good source for history topics,
and country studies, particularly if
you need information in another language.
is a metasearch engine that has a Health Search feature
which searches handpicked, authoriative sites which cover
health topics. Mamma also has a job search feature and
can be viewed in French.
This tool searches the Internet’s top search engines
simultaneously to find results for the keywords or phrase
typed into the search bar. It removes duplicates, puts
the “best” results at the top of the returns
list and hasa list of related links on the right side
of the results page.
is a new search engine that has desktop, tablet,
and mobile formats for searching. It is a "clustering"
search engine that queries several top search engines,
clusters the results, and groups similar results into