Catalog Search

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How to Begin Your Search

For Real Beginners

If you need some mouse exercises to improve your basics.

Learn to Use the World Wide Web!
ICYouSee, A guide to the World Wide Web from Ithaca College

How Do I Find Something on the Web?

Here is a list of some of our favorite search engines and directories of the web. This list changes from time to time as the web evolves. What we love one month is not necessarily what we love the next month. We are definitely fickle when it comes to searching the web!

If you're a new searcher, try …

Ask. com
Formerly AskJeeves.com. Ask.com has become a rival to Google and and excellent search engine, offering previews of some sites, links for expanding and narrowing your search, and other helpful features.

Google web search help center for those who want to learn the basics of the google search.

Another general search engine. Always a good idea to search more than one place for the information that you need.

Selective Web Guides …

Offers hundred of guides which contain original articles, selected websites, and community features like chat rooms. Each area is overseen by an "expert guide" trained by About.com.

Internet Public Library2

A collection of over 40,000 Internet resources, hand picked, organized, and described by librarians and library students.

This is a great place to start if you want to surf and search the Internet. Created by librarians, this is an Internet guide especially for kids.

Metasearch Engines …

Has "one of the largest and freshest indices" (Yahoo! provides the index) of billions of sites, along with great search capabilities "image, audio, and video searches include hundreds of millions of multimedia files."

A metasearch engine that provides clustered search results. Clusty queries several top search engines, combines the results, and generates an ordered list based on comparative ranking. This "metasearch" approach helps raise the best results to the top and push search engine spam to the bottom.

Image Searches and More …

An image search engine that retrieves images from the Web that have been screened. You can search for dolls and only get dolls. You have the option to search by keyword or browse their keyword or themes (categories) lists. Advanced search lets you search by file type and size, color depth, and date added.

Great image search engine that touts "family friendliness" thanks to its filters that screen out offensive material, although it does not claim to be full proof. It does however provide an e-mail address to request images be removed.

Digital Collections of the Library of Congress
Online access to print, pictorial, and audio-visual collections and other digital services.

New York Public Library Digital Collections
The digital collection of the New York Public Library is a continually expanding collection of digitized images and text selected from throughout the Research Libraries' collections.

E-mail 101

To read your e-mail at a computer in the library you must first have an e-mail account. The most popular free e-mails are hotmail.com, gmail.com, and mail.yahoo.com.