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Evaluating Websites: Search Engines

Learn how to determine which websites will meet the standard for use in college research.

Search Engines

A search engine is a powerful tool to locate information based on user input. Try the same search in several search engines and compare your results.




Internet Meta-Search Engines

A meta search engine searches multiple search engines from a single search page.

When metasearching, be aware that a metasearch is executed without taking advantage of specific designs and features of the individual search tools. The key to using metasearchers is finding the ones that eliminate duplicates and display in order of relevance rather than by specific search tools.

How does search work?

Note: Keep in mind many of the scholarly articles indexed in library databases are not available for free online.