Searching the Web

Web Search Strategies in Plain English

Click on the arrow to play this video from Teacher Tube and get ideas for how to be an effective and efficient Web surfer.

Web-based Resources for Searching and Researching

Please add additional resources for searching and researching in alphabetical order in the appropriate category below:

Boolean Logic

The Hidden Web


Search Engines

Click on this link to go to a Search Engines page on this Wiki.
How to Choose a Search Engine - Click on this link to go to a tutorial a site maintained by Laura B. Cohen, a former academic librarian at the University of Albany SUNY. It includes tables with comparisons of a variety of different search engines and which are best for specific purposes:

Some Popular Search Engines


Metacrawlers are combined search engines that search multiple search engines at the same time.

  • Dogpile - NOTE: According to their Web site: "InfoSpace created the Dogpile search engine because your time is important to us. Powered by Metasearch technology, Dogpile returns all the best results from leading search engines including Google, Yahoo!, Bing and Ask, so you find what you’re looking for faster. Each search engine has its own method of searching and each will return different results. Dogpile looks at all of them, decides which are most relevant to your search, eliminates duplicates and reveals them to you. In the end, you get a list of results more complete than anywhere else on the Web."

  • Metacrawler - NOTE: According to their Web site: " utilizes metasearch technology to compile results from many of the Web's major search properties, delivering more relevant and comprehensive results every time you search. By accessing multiple search engines for each query, provides you with a richer and more relevant spectrum of results than you would from using any single search engine."

  • Webcrawler - NOTE: According to their Web site: "WebCrawler® brings users the top search results from Google, Yahoo!, Bing, Ask and other popular search engines. WebCrawler also provides multimedia results, including images, video, news, and local information. WebCrawler is a registered trademark of InfoSpace, Inc."

  • Clusty - NOTE: According to their Web site: "Clusty is a whole new way to search the web. Clusty queries several top search engines, combines the results, and generates an ordered list based on comparative ranking. This "metasearch" approach helps raise the best results to the top and push search engine spam to the bottom."