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Resources to Search the Invisible Web

Summary:

This section covers finding information online. It includes information about search engines, Boolean operators, Web directories, and the invisible Web. It also includes an extensive, annotated links section.

The invisible web includes many types of online resources that normally cannot be found using regular search engines. The listings below can help you access these resources:

  • Alexa: A website that archives older websites that are no longer available on the Internet. For example, Alexa has about 87 million websites from the 2000 election that are for the most part no longer available on the Internet.
  • Complete Planet: Provides an extensive listing of databases that cannot be searched by conventional search engine technology. It provides access to lists of databases which you can then search individually.
  • The Directory of Open Access Journals: Another full-text journal searchable database.
  • FindArticles: Indexes over 10 million articles from a variety of different publications.
  • Find Law: A comprehensive site that provides information on legal issues organized by category.
  • HighWire: Brought to you by Stanford University, HighWire press provides access to one of the largest databases of free, full-text, scholarly content.
  • Infomine: A research database created by librarians for use at the university level. It includes both a browsable catalogue and searching capabilities.
  • MagPortal: A search engine that will allow you to search for free online magazine articles on a wide range of topics.
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