On the Web

Searching for information on the Web efficiently requires having a search strategy. For very specific information, use a search engine  with keywords to describe the exact information need. Not sure where to start with your topic, or looking for more general information on a topic? Start with a subject directory and search broad topics. 
 

Subject Directories

Subject directories are small databases of resources selected by librarians and information experts and browsable by topic.

Search Tip!
Browse by topic or search using broad terms. Simple searches work best in subject directories.


Search Engines

Search engine companies such as Google are large databases that send computer software programs called robots or spiders to gather data on the web. Search engines search the full-text of billions of web pages.

Search Tips!
Use words specific to your topic and that would appear on useful webpages.
Use quotes around multiple words to search the words as a phrase. Don't use quotations around single concept words. For example: "gun control" California legislation will retrieve pages about legislation in California on gun control.


Image, Audio and  Video Search Engines

The use of images, video and audio clips in reports and presentations is becoming more commonplace in school. Remember that these resources must also be cited!