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Defining the Deep Web

The Deep Web consists of all information on the World Wide Web which cannot be located by general-purpose search engines (Google, Yahoo, Bing etc.).  There's a large amount of information which even powerful engines such as these cannot find.  

Sometimes you'll hear the term "Dark Web." These terms are sometimes used interchangeably, but the deep web and the dark web are not the same thing, as this helpful article from BrightPlanet explains: Clearing up Confusion: Deep Web vs. Dark Web

There is nothing inherently special about Deep Web pages.  The Deep Web is largely the product of limitations in web crawler technology.   As technology changes, so does the Deep Web.

More on the Deep Web

Want to know more? This guide has more detailed information on the deep web and how to search it. 

St. Louis Community College Libraries

Florissant Valley Campus Library
3400 Pershall Rd.
Ferguson, MO 63135-1408
Phone: 314-513-4514

Forest Park Campus Library
5600 Oakland
St. Louis, MO 63110-1316
Phone: 314-644-9210

Meramec Campus Library
11333 Big Bend Road
St. Louis, MO 63122-5720
Phone: 314-984-7797

Wildwood Campus Library
2645 Generations Drive
Wildwood, MO 63040-1168
Phone: 636-422-2000