Search tools differ in the types of resources they index, how much of a document they search, and how often they are updated -- and no one search tool covers the entire Internet.
- Search engines use keywords to locate resources on specific topics:
Examples: Bing | Google | Google Scholar | Yahoo!
- Subject directories group resources by subject category:
Examples: CCC Library Site Guides | InfoMine | IPL2: Information You Can Trust
- Meta-search tools search several search engines at the same time or in succession:
Examples: Dogpile | Ixquick | Yippy (formerly Clusty)
Comparison chart of the coverage, search options and other features of the "best search tools" (from the InfoPeople Project)
NoodleTools is a set of interactive tools that can help design your online research. Some tools offered by this site are by subscription only, but some are free, such as NoodleBib Express (generates a single MLA- or APA-style bibliographic citation), Choose the Best Search (directs you to sites based on specific information needs) and NoodleQuest (interactive help in developing a web search strategy). Click on NoodleTools for the CCC Library subscription; if you want to use the free tools only use this NoodleTools- free link.
Improving Your Skills
Guides & tutorials:
- Credible Sources Count! (from Acadia University)
- Evaluating Internet Resources (pdf)
- Evaluating Web Pages: Techniques to Apply and Questions to Ask (from UC Berkeley)
- Finding Data on the Internet: A Journalist's Guide
- Finding Information on the Internet: A Tutorial (from UC Berkeley)
- Internet Search Tips (pdf)
- Using the WWW for Accessing Information (a CLICS tutorial). Includes Web Search Strategies.
- Web Search Strategies in Plain English (CC'd version)