Select Your Research TopicDictionariesEncyclopediasThesauri (Thesauruses)
Encore Description & Step-By-StepFind & Use eBooksKeywordsFind Books on the Shelves
Important Definitions & LocationsPeriodical CitationsBasic Steps to Search an Online DatabaseEBSCO DatabaseProQuest DatabaseNewspapers
Full-Text Periodicals E & PrintInterlibrary LoanStudents at Carbon, Donley, & Morgan CentersLocal LibrariesSummary
Additional ResourcesExamples of Almanacs & Statistical ResourcesStatistical Abstract of the United StatesExamples of Government SourcesExamples of Professional OrganizationsFind Audiovisual ResourcesConsult with a Librarian
Important TermsThe Internet: DefinitionFacts & AdviceAccess a Web SiteSearch EnginesThe "Invisible Web"Using Wikipedia
Evaluating a Web SiteVERY IMPORTANT CONSIDERATIONSDomain NamesWhat Is Its Purpose?Personal Web PagesWho Is Its Author/Producer/Sponsor?Where Did This Web Site Originate?Helpful Web Site
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The College English I Workbook is an ENG 105 assignment worth 15% of your grade. This guide contains information from the workbook's eight chapters, minus the self-check questions.
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Search Engines


Find Information if You Know What Web Site You Want, but Not Its Address

  • To use a search engine, you generally search by keywords. That is, you first decide which words might appear on the web pages you want and then enter them into the search engine's search box.
  • Most search engines do not search the entire World Wide Web. Generally, they search less than 10% of the entire World Wide Web.
  • The quality and content of web sites varies greatly. They may include full text documents, lists of links to other web pages, or often pure junk. Search engines have very little human oversight. It is very important that you carefully evaluate your results.
  • Metasearch engines search multiple search engines at once, but not thoroughly. Results might include much useless information.
  • Examples: Alltheweb, AltaVista, Google, Bing, Yahoo,, FindLaw

 To Search Google

  • Go to
  • In the box on the Google screen, type your topic (animal rights, autism, etc.).
  • Click on Google Search.
  • To view a web site, click on the underlined (hypertext) title on your results list.
  • To print a web document, click on File and then on Print on the gray tool bar.
  • To retrieve more specific results, click on Advanced Search before you enter your topic.



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