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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ENG 105 Information Research Skills  

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.
Last Updated: Apr 30, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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The Invisible Web


Find Information That Subject Directories & Search Engines Can't

  • Much of the Internet cannot be searched by a typical search engine.
  • In some instances, you might have to go to a web site and search within it yourself.
  • Sometimes a fee is required.
  • Rothrock Library's subscription databases are good examples of the invisible web. They are not free or accessible to everyone. Their documents are limited to LCCC students and staff and are searched individually.
  • Examples: Occupational Outlook Handbook - information on individual careers, Statistical Abstract of the United States - statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States, Allentown Public Library's catalog – information on individual books, National Center for Education Statistics – specific statistics in the field of education, periodical articles and other documents from subscription databases such as ProQuest and EBSCO.

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