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  • Meta Search
    demonstration illustrates a Meta search by an engineering student for source material on the subject of close tolerances in machined parts A preliminary list of keywords might include the following words and phrases tolerance precision machining tight tolerances allowable tolerance machined tolerance close tolerance The researcher uses Dogpile to look for a selection from the list above Feel free to click on Dogpile and become the researcher yourself The screen shot below illustrates the home page after first step has been taken As you can see the Dogpile home page resembles other Web site search engines It has a primary search field and an Advanced Search option link located to the right of the Go Fetch button The distinguishing feature is the list of search engines that it will simultaneously search Step Two Using a Meta search engine early in your research provides an opportunity to quickly compare a number of search engines for the caliber of their results The screen shot below illustrates the results delivered after machined tolerance was selected from the list above and entered into the search field As you can see the Meta search yielded 88 results These are the combined results Notice the individual search engine link buttons in the light blue bar at the top of the page Clicking on them will display the specific results returned by each Web site Step Three Again notice the individual search engine link buttons in the light blue bar at the top of the page Clicking on them will display the specific results returned by each Web site The screen shot below illustrates the results page after the researcher has opened two of the search site options As you can see the top selections of Google and Ask com have been displayed on the right side

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  • Deep Web Search
    also known as the Invisible Web is not easily accessible through conventional search techniques because they are not indexed by popular search engines like Google Yahoo MSN Search and Ask com Once entered the Deep Web is searched in the same way as a simple or an advanced search In other words it is keyword driven Here is a short list of Deep Web search sites Infomine Complete Planet In the following demonstration the researcher uses Infomine to search the Deep Web for electronic journals related to the field of mechanical engineering Feel free to click on Infomine and become the researcher yourself Steps of a Deep Web Search Using Infomine Step One The screen shot below illustrates the Infomine home page As you can see it resembles other Web site search engines It has a primary search field and a Go button It identifies itself however as a database of scholarly Internet resources The distinguishing feature is the nine subcategories in which a search can be instantly narrowed Step Two The screen shot below illustrates the advanced search capabilities revealed to the researcher when bypassing the primary search field and selecting the PhysSci Engr CS Math subcategory Notice that the researcher has left the checkmarks in all the default search fields but has limited the parameters or criteria by selecting Electronic Journals from the Resource Types drop down menu Step Three The screen shot below illustrates the results delivered after the mechanical engineering was entered and the Go button clicked As you can see twenty results were returned Notice that the top two are marked with a green dollar sign If the researcher would have selected the free option instead of accepting the default all in the Resource Access category only eight results would have been returned The other

    Original URL path: http://writing.colostate.edu/guides/page.cfm?pageid=456&guideid=22 (2015-10-15)
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  • Web Directory Search
    Web Directory Search Web directories are highly specialized lists of electronic resources compiled by a group of professional editors Before each link is included the resource is reviewed and judged by an expert for its value and relevance to the topic or field to which it belongs The contents of a Web directory will include Web sites software programs email listservs newsgroups and discussion forums as well as electronic audio and visual files By selecting a general category from a list of topics and clicking on the available subcategories a search can be narrowed to sources specifically relevant to your research project Web directories containing content that has been parsed or analyzed such as those in the list below are great places to begin searching the Web The browse and search methods for each will be similar About com AltaVista Directory Hoppa Internet Public Library Open Directory Project Web World Yahoo Directory The following demonstration illustrates a Web directory search In this case the researcher uses the Internet Public Library As you follow this demonstration feel free to click on Internet Public Library and become the researcher yourself Steps of a Web Directory Search Using Internet Public Library Step One The screen shot below illustrates the home page As you can see the researcher has highlighted the main category Science and Tech from the side bar menu Doing so activated a fly out menu containing a concise list of subcategories Step Two The researcher has selected Energy from the fly out menu which contained a concise list of subcategories and followed it to the browser window shown in the screen shot below An alphabetically organized list of research leads entitled Resources in this Category returned a list of potential resources As you can see the researcher has scrolled down the

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  • Reference Site Search
    Research Reference Site Search Reference Web site search engines are the online versions of the encyclopedias dictionaries atlases and almanacs found in any library reference room Some provide limited access for free and full access for a subscription fee Others are completely free to the public Using one of these early in your research will help introduce you to the topic you ve been assigned or provide you with a starting point from which to select a topic of your own liking Reference searches are conducted in the same way as a simple or an advanced search In other words they are keyword driven Here is a short list of Reference search sites Bartleby com Encyclopedia com Encyclopedia Britannica InfoPlease Merriam Webster Dictionary Wikipedia Steps of a Reference Site Search Using InfoPlease Step One In this demonstration the researcher uses InfoPlease to search for information about the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Feel free to click on InfoPlease and become the researcher yourself The screen shot below illustrates the home page with Arctic National Wildlife Refuge entered into the search field As you can see the there is a search field and a drop down menu from which to select a type of resource as well as a search button at the top of the page Encyclopedia is the researcher s choice Step Two This screen shot illustrates the results of the search for Arctic National Wildlife Refuge limited to a search of Encyclopedia resources As you can see the first 15 of 120 results are displayed in the browser window Notice the light blue directory menu on the left side of the browser window offering subdirectory headings within which the search could have been confined Notice also the resource type subdirectory buttons on the navigation bar below the search field

    Original URL path: http://writing.colostate.edu/guides/page.cfm?pageid=458&guideid=22 (2015-10-15)
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  • News Search
    news oriented Each leads to a specialized database with a primary search field and a search button to lead you to a display of results News searches are conducted in the same way as a simple or an advanced search In other words they are keyword driven Here is a short list of News search sites Ask com News Google News Bing com News RocketInfo com World News Network Yahoo News Steps of a News Search Using Ask com Step One The following demonstration illustrates a News search for articles regarding Chinese oil drilling off the Cuban coast A preliminary list of keyword phrases might include the following Chinese oil drilling Cuban offshore oil fields Cuban Chinese Treaties supplying Chinese oil needs oil in international waters oil drilling Florida straits The researcher uses Ask com News to search for one of the phrases on the list above Feel free to click on Ask com News and become the researcher yourself The screen shot below illustrates the home page Notice the directory menu on the right side of the browser window is preset to the standard Web default Any keywords you type into the search field will search the entire Web However if you select News from the menu the search will confine itself only to news organizations with a Web presence Step Two This screen shot illustrates the home page of Ask com s dedicated News search engine As you can see new subdirectories are made available The researcher can now narrow the field by further defining its parameters or the criteria of the search Step Three The screen shot below illustrates the results of a business subcategory keyword search for oil drilling Florida Straits As you can see the results sorted by relevance appear in the Browser window Each

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  • Government Search
    as well as those of state and local governments are widely accessible online through popular Web search engines like Google Yahoo MSN Search and Ask com In addition there are a number of specialized government sponsored database driven Web sites with which to locate this sort of resource material Government searches are conducted in the same way as a simple or an advanced search In other words they are keyword driven Here is a short list of Government search sites About com s U S Government Information Directory FedStats FedWorld USA gov GovSpot com SearchGov com Government Printing Office Access State and Local Government Directory Steps of a Government Search Using USA gov Step One In this demonstration the researcher uses USA gov to search for information about the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Feel free to click on USA gov and become the researcher yourself The screen shot below illustrates the home page with the keywords entered into the search field As you can see this page is loaded with links Take a moment and click around the site just to see what information is available Notice that the for Citizens tab is the default selection on the top level navigation bar Notice also that the left side menu bar can guide you to more specific government organizations and reference sites and that the main body of the page contains a list of subcategories in which you may narrow your search Step Two This screen shot illustrates the USA gov browser window after the search button has been clicked As you can see 105 out of roughly 111 000 possible results have been returned and that they are listed according to subcategories in the left side menu bar The sign next to each item on the list indicates that each

    Original URL path: http://writing.colostate.edu/guides/page.cfm?pageid=460&guideid=22 (2015-10-15)
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  • Blog Search
    text message but they can also include images audio video and other types of media Many entries include links to other Web pages as well Many Blogs are specialized into subject matter or thematic categories some are even instructional Depending on the author s credentials and intent these types of Web sites can often be useful sources for first hand accounts commentary and specialized information relevant to the issues or topics they address A number of search sites have been developed that concentrate specifically on searching the Blogosphere as it has come to be known Search engines like Google Yahoo MSN Search and Ask com are good starting points to begin looking for them but here is a short list you may want to bookmark Blogarama Fagan Finder Blogs Globe of Blogs Google Blog Search Steps of a Blog Search Using Google Blog Search Step One The following demonstration illustrates a search for Blogs dealing with conservation issues In this case the researcher uses the Google Blog Search engine Feel free to click on Google and become the researcher yourself The screen shot below illustrates the home page At first glance the Google homepage does not appear to have a Blog search button however if you click on the more category listed above the search field you will easily find the Blog Search link which will take you to the page illustrated in the screen shot below As you can see Google Blog Search is one of the many search tools Google provides Notice that you are offered two choices You may either Search Blogs or Search the Web The researcher has already entered the keyword conservation in the search field Step Two The screen shot below illustrates the results that appear in the browser window after the Search Blogs

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  • Newsgroups, Discussion Forums, Chat Rooms and Email List Searches
    to making violins They are among the oldest forms of communication on the Internet and bring together individuals who share common interests or belong to a particular community Different from Blogs these types of venues generally require permission from the server before joining the conversation Some contain detailed analyses of issues and events by contributors who range from interested members of the general public to recognized experts in their specific fields science religion the arts sports and business to name a few Most though not all groups and forums are part of a worldwide electronic bulletin board called Usenet that contains over 100 000 sites all of which are accessible through a Web browser A small number of sites have been developed that specifically search for these types of venues If you know the name of the one you are looking for just enter it in the URL field of a Web browser such as Google Yahoo MSN Search or Ask com If not here is a short list you may want to bookmark Catalist Forum Zilla Google Groups Newzbot Steps of a Newsgroup and Email List Search Using Tile net Step One The following demonstration illustrates a Newsgroup and Email list search In this case the researcher uses Tile net to begin the search Feel free to click on Tile net and become the researcher yourself The screen shot below illustrates the home page with the keyword conservation already entered Take a moment and study the page Notice the standard Google bar and that you may search either the whole Web or just this site The top two link choices cover newsgroups newsletters and Ezines Step Two The screen shot below illustrates the results when the search is activated with just the default Tile net option selected Notice that

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