Search engines what are they and how do they work? I've asked myself these and many more questions while searching the web? Could there be many more information out there instead of what I receive when I have a query? Well, search engines are gigantic databases of web pages that are automatically gathered by a machine then turn up in your screen. But, really how do they get there and how does it really work. Who manages this or is it a computer-robot that answers my query?
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Gateways are library gateways and portals. Library gateways databases are informational sites. They are assembled by high quality informational sites on the Web. These gateways are reviewed and recommended by professionals in their field.

Subject Specific Databases are specific databases with a single subject usually created by specialists. They respond to specific queries. These "expert specialists" have accumulated databases specifically for what you might need depending on your search.

Invisible Web

Yes, there is an invisible web that we might not have ever even heard of. These web pages are pass protected sites that only many library gateways and subject-specific databases have access to. This information contains rich resources that only the "Invisible Web" have stored. So do you want to know what these "Invisible Web" resources look like you would have to use a gateway or a subject specific database to find out.

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How do you know which web page to trust?

While you get your "query list" which one can you really trust is telling you the information you need. How valuable or trustworthy is this information you are getting? While you evaluate your sources on a web page please consider to determine page authorship. What does that even mean, right? Find out how many times or who is the author/publisher that is keeping up with the website. Are they really a reliable resource? Check for vital information and most definitely check the content of the information. Check the page stability and how often is it being reviewed and renewed. Create a search strategy that can be able to help you locate and retrieve the information that you are looking for. Take a minute and search a subdirectory or a metasearch and look at the difference results to mix or match what you were searching for.

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Basic Search TIPS

While searching a variety of search engines will give you different results how you search it will also have an impact on your results. The following are just a few basic search tips that will enable your search to be a little bit more accurate.

* Adding (+) or (-) signs to words can include and exclude information.

* Adding quotations around a phrase can turn up the entire phrase as a whole oppose to some of the words together on any order

* Using all lowercase letters will give you more results because capital letters search for only those with capital letters matching results.

* Use word stems to look for specific words or a different word.

* Using AND, OR, NOT, AND NOT will give you more of a accurate search.

Field Searching and what does it really mean?

When searching information it is organized into separate fields. Field searching is another tool that you can use while making a query. You can search by: title, domain, host (or site), or link. While searching you might have some troubleshooting errors pop op. Don't get scared, it will be okay. Think of synonyms or adding these basic tips results and go back and try it again, that's the power of being behind a computer you can search again and again until you find what you are looking for. If you use these searching tools your queries will be more accurate and precise.

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Google and Yahoo what's the difference?

Really, they both are search engines but are they the SAME when it comes to search engines. No, they are not. What? But, can they help you either way. And, the answer to that is YES. They both can help you with your queries. Google has its own web database that also has a Goggle directory. As for Yahoo it has its own subject directory and uses the web to provide you with your searching needs. They both offer an advanced search page that will allow you to use the basic search engine tools that I mentioned before. So, really are they different? Well, try looking up something on both different search engines. You can determine which results meets your query needs.

Oh, and don't forget that there is also search "graveyard" engines. These search engines are considered "dead" or bought off by Yahoo or Google. So, next time you are searching for something look up in different search engines and see what result you get. How fun will that be to be able to compare your findings.

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The POWER of the web!

Even though, all of these search engines and computer based programs are literally at your fingertips you also have the option of opening up an encyclopedia while researching any given topic. You can swing by your local library and search journals, newspapers, books. The power of the web is at our fingertips and so is your local library. Whichever resource you choose to use is up to you. Always consider your resources and always compare your findings.

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