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can provide a great deal of information quickly. Many libraries have online searching,
often for a fee, and CD-ROMs and online databases for readers to use themselves. Most
provide free access to the Internet for their users.
This guide gives examples of some general reference works that many libraries have.
Some works listed here may be available only at larger public or research libraries, or at
libraries which are depositories for U.S. government publications and which by law must
be open to the public for their depository collections.
How to Find Information on the Internet
There are many Internet search engines, some of which cover several other search
engines; these are labeled "meta" on the list below. Because of the dynamic nature of the
Internet, sources can change, appear, or disappear without warning. Not everything that
appears on the Web is true, and sites where the author is clearly identified and his/her
qualifications given are considered more reliable by librarians who judge websites. One
guide to evaluating websites with links to a number of other sites is found at
All the Web [http://alltheweb.com/]
Metacrawler (meta) [http://www.metacrawler.com/index.html]
ProFusion (meta) [http://www.profusion.com/]
Vivisimo (meta) [http://vivisimo.com]
A descriptive list of Internet search engines is hotlinked to each search engine. The
State University of New York's University at Albany libraries produced it.
The Beaufort Library at the University of South Carolina created a tutorial, Bare
Bones 101, which includes basic search tips, search strategies, and evaluating Web pages.
Finding Information on the Internet, a tutorial from the University of California,
Berkeley, recommends a five-step search strategy.
NoodleQuest calls itself the "search strategy wizard," where you can fill out an
online form about the details of your search and get an e-mail reply.
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Platt, Suzy. How to Find Information in a Library and on the Internet, report, December 15, 2004; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc855954/m1/2/: accessed January 16, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.