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Beyond Google

Other Internet Sources of Information

Google does not cover everything! (No single Web site or search engine can.) So, you need to have more tools than just Google at your disposal. Cornell University Library subscribes to thousands of scholarly databases and journals that are available from your desktop. You can find millions of books in its stacks and online, many of which are not freely accessible on the Internet. Here are a few other sources of information on the Internet:

  • The Cornell University Library. This is the best starting place for scholarly research. The library has:
    • guides to some of the best and most authoritative resources on the Web and in print (often available only through the library website). A great deal of scholarly information is either contained in databases that aren't indexed by search engines, or is put together on the fly by databases and, as such, doesn't show up among search engine results. This body of effectively invisible information is called the "deep Web" or the "invisible Web." To mine the deep Web, you'll need to go to individual databases from the library website.
    • information about library services that can help you do research
    • ways to Ask a Librarian for help or to get consultations and help from experts
  • Information portals. Sometimes universities, organizations, and other groups will put together portals of information on a subject. But, as with any website, make sure you understand who developed the site, whether it has a particular bias, and whether it is regularly maintained.
  • Other search engines. Google is not the only one! Others, such as Yahoo, MSN/Windows Live/Bing, or, will give you different results.