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ENG 102 Carter Spring 2017: Internet/Web

Guide to support Synthesis Essay Assignment

Search the Web

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Choose one of the following pairs of websites to evaluate!

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Why Not Wikipedia?

Google is not the only game in town!  Try searching by

  • Search Engines
  • Metasearch Engines  Why use a single search engine when you can use a Meta?  All web search engines are based on algorithms -- complex series of lexical orders -- when they are combined, they may actually compete/delete results from some searches. Combining results from two or more engines assures the researcher of a more complete list of informative web sites.  One disadvantage is that the special functions specific to a particular search engine can be lost with a metasearch engine.
  • Internet Directories  Directories place web sites into categories. The web sites are selected according to the policies of the group that creates the directory. Directories can lead you quickly to the best or most relevant sites on your topic. Search engines tend to return a large number of results with the most popular or best matches for your words at the top; directories return fewer but often better results. Most directories include a search feature in addition to category browsing.

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