How do I Find Websites?
The easiest way to locate Web pages and sites is by using what are known as Internet search tools.
Search tools include search engines, subject directories, and meta-search engines. The lines distinguishing between the search tools are sometimes hazy: some search engines have directory features and some subject directories have search engine functions.
Search engines use computer programs that search the Internet and collect and index Web pages. Use a search engine when you want to:
- search for information on a narrow or obscure topic
- search for a topic that involves a combination of multiple concepts
- locate a specific site
- search the full text of millions of pages
- retrieve a large number of results
- find particular types of files
Subject directories present collections of links to Web resources that have been submitted by individuals and organized into subject categories. Use a subject directory when you want to:
- research a broad topic
- view a list of sites selected by humans and not computer programs
- retrieve a list of relevant sites rather than individual Web pages
- retrieve a limited number of results
Meta-search engines search the indexes of a number of search engines simultaneously and retrieve the results. They are best used when you are:
- in a hurry and want a quick overview on a subject
- conducting a very simple search
- searching for a very obscure topic and haven't had much luck using search engines or subject directories