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Contents

Introduction

The Web & the Internet

Web Browsers

URLs

Searching the Web

Simple Searches

Advanced Searches

Meta Searches

News Searches

Reference Searches

Government Searches

Blog Searches

Deep Web Searches

Discussion Group Searches

Chat and MOO Searches

Using Web Directories

Browsing Categories

Searching Categories

Browsing the Web

 

How to Search the Web

Browsing the Web

You can search for information on the Web in much the same way that you can search a database or online library catalog. But searching is not the only way to locate information on the Web—nor is it always the most appropriate. In some cases, the best way to locate information is to browse the Web.

Browsing the Web is similar to browsing the shelves of a library. In a library, books and other materials are organized so that related sources are located in the same general area. Once you locate a book or magazine that is relevant to your research question, you can usually count on finding other books or magazines on the same topic nearby. Likewise, if you locate a Web site that is relevant to your research question, you can usually follow links from that site to related sites.

Browsing can be a time-consuming but rewarding experience. Just as browsing the shelves of your library can result in locating materials you might not have found in any other way, browsing the Web can lead you to information that you might not have found using standard search strategies.

 
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