Finding Information on the Internet: A TutorialRecommended Subject Directories
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Recommended General Subject Directories: Table of Features
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Highest quality sites only. Useful, reliable annotations. Formed by a merger of the Librarians' Internet Index and the Internet Public Library.
Useful, reliable annotations.
Compiled by academic librarians from the University of California and elsewhere.
Generally good annotations done by "Guides" with various levels of expertise.
Very short descriptions. Often useful, especially for popular and commercial topics.
Use " "
|term term| requires exact match
|Yes. Use " "||Yes. Use " "|
|OR implied between words. Also accepts AND and NOT. Nesting with (  ) does not work.||AND implied between words. Also accepts OR, NOT, and ( ).||No.||Yes, as in Yahoo! Search web search engine.|
|No.||Use *. Also stems. Can turn stemming off. Use " " or | | to search exact terms.||Use
Not accepted consistently.
|Field searching||No.||Select options under search box to limit to Author, Title, Subject, Keyword, Description, various subject categories, and more.||No.||As in Yahoo! Search web search engine.|
There are thousands of specialized directories on practically every subject. If you want an overview, or if you feel you've searched long enough, try to find one. Often they are done by experts -- self-proclaimed or heavily credentialed. Here are some ways to find them:
|Search Engines | Subject Directories | Meta-Search Engines | Invisible Web|