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Search Engines and How to Use Them Intelligently

Internet Search Engines and Search Directories: essentials for beginners, power tips for intermediate searching, and advanced techniques for power searching.
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Internet Research for Beginners: How to Properly Research Facts/Opinions Online
Legitimate online research is more than 10 seconds with Google. Legitimate research is called re-search for a reason: repetitive and continuous browsing, and repetitive and continuous filtering of articles. With over 80 billion Web pages to sift, you need to use reliable and consistent methods to filter out the drivel. And you will need patience...

What Is 'Hard' Versus 'Soft' Internet Research?

Internet Research for Students: The Best Search Engines
From About.com: the Student's Quick Reference Guide to Internet Research.

StumbleUpon.com: a Smart Alternative to Googling!
StumbleUpon.com is a special free web navigation service. Instead of using library science and Google indexing, Stumble Upon is based on a community of users who share their personal interest suggestions with each other. A very intelligent and very useful way to surf the web...

Top 10 Search Engines: Users Vote at About.com
About users vote: The Top 10 Favorite Search Engines, Summer 2005

The Top 5 Torrent Download Sites, 2010-2011
As of December 27, 2010, the Top 5 Torrent Download Sites are listed below. This 4-page list is a compilation of recommendations submitted by hundreds of readers. This list is in random order, and is updated weekly. Torrent Download Guide: A Beginner's Guide to Torrent File Sharing Submit a Site: you are welcome to ...

Searching 101: Beginner's Guide to Web Searching
Yes, Internet searching is very daunting and very frustrating if no one has ever taken the time to explain it to you. Look no further... here is a collection of tutorials that will dramatically improve your search knowledge and confidence!

The Top Reference Web Sites of 2011
The Top 15 Reference Web Sites

What Are the Major Search Engines?
There are literally hundreds of Internet search engines, and their counterparts, search directories. Internet users tend to favor a select few because of their balance of depth, breadth, speed, and presentation. Here is a list of some popular Search Engines and Directories to get you started.

Intermediate Search Tip: Creating a Good Search String
If you are a confident beginner or intermediate web user, then About Guide Wendy Boswell has tremendous advice for improving your searches by improving your search criteria.

How to Construct a Good Search Query
Should I use 3 words or 5 words? What do double quotes mean? When do I use + and - sign operators? Learn the basics and the advanced searching skills here.

Cool Search Tools
Googlism! Tiny URLs! The Wayback Archive! Very very neat stuff.

How to Properly Cite Internet References in Your Research
Here at About.com, we have assembled a quick reference guide for students to successfully cite and quote the Internet and Web as part of their academic work. Proper citation, and honest quoting of other authors' work, is critical to earning a high grade on any research paper

How Do Web Pages Get Cataloged?
Also known as "Search Engine Optimization", this tutorial will explain how Google and other popular engines technically index web content. If you are technically-curious, then you might find this quite interesting.

Zeitgeist! The Web Culture, And Its 2003 Patterns
Meaning "spirit of the time", Zeitgeist is the general intellectual, moral, and cultural climate of an era. Zeitgeist is also Google's way of tracking the most popular searches of 2003. Interestingly enough, people liked to search for eminem, Prince Charles, David Beckham, and Iraq. See the other surprising results here.

What Is 'Hard' Versus 'Soft' Internet Research?
To keep your research pointed in the right direction, there is an important distinction to keep in mind. 'Hard' Internet research has different expectations than 'soft' research. About.com explains the differences below.

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