5: How to Search the Web - Find and Evaluate Web Sites

Determine if your instructor wants you to include Internet resources. Learn how to use search engines and subject directories to locate authoritative materials on the web. Books, periodicals and webliographies can also help to find appropriate sources on the Internet. Develop your search skills and practice often!

Evaluating The Web - Criteria for Evaluating a Webpage

Learn how to evaluate web sites by determining their authority, relevancy and currency:

NOTE: Unlike scholarly print periodicals and books, where the information is subjected to a process of review, anyone can publish on the web. Many web sites are also designed for commercial purposes and, consequently, are designed to influence!

General Information about Searching the Internet

Search the Web

Here is a selection of recommended search engines:

  • Ixquick
    Metasearch engine that provides anonymous and untracked searching as well as combines results from multiple search engines simultaneously. Also known as Startpage.
  • DuckDuckGo
    Search results that emphasize human generated fact nuggets and aggregated quality web sites related to the search topic; provides anonymous and untracked searching with no auto-completion or advertising.
  • Google
    Provides full text of web pages and other files on the web, images, sound files, maps, map making, and machine translation; results prioritized by sites most used and shared.
  • Google Scholar
    Search peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts, and articles from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities, and other scholarly organizations.
  • Dogpile
    Metasearch engine that gathers results from several other popular search engines, including those from audio and video content providers.
  • Bing
    Provides web pages, especially those related to news and scientific content; lookup; videos, images, and maps; events in the user’s preset geographic area; and social searching that can access the photos and pages of the searcher’s social media connections.
  • Internet Archive
    Use the Wayback Machine to search the history of over 284 billion web pages. This is a non-profit library that provides access to millions of free books, movies, software, music, and archived websites.

Search the Web for Images

Books on Finding and Evaluating Websites