Guide to using free search engines for open web content
Last Updated: Jun 8, 2012
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Currently the most popular and largest web search engine
- Google Scholar (with links to MSU content)
Books, articles, and citations to mostly scholarly content from Google. From off-campus, you'll need to log in, but then you'll have the "Check MSU Availability" link so you can access library-purchased articles.
- Google Books
Search the full text of many scanned books. Note that many of the copyrighted, post-1923 books will only have limited viewing available.
- Google News
Last 30 days of web-based news sites, some blogs, and links to older news archive.
As of 2009, the primary competitor to Google. From Microsoft.
In 2010 may start using the Bing database but will maintain its own user interface.
- Yahoo! News
One of the most cited and visited news sources online
Yet another alternative with extensive question and answer database.
UK-based, but aims to "help you find the best web sites for study and research" but closed in July 2011
- ipl2: Information You Can Trust
Librarians' Internet Index and Internet Public Library: selected, trusted web sites organized by topic
More an encyclopedia than a directory, but look at the "External Links" and the "References" at the bottom of the article for links to some of the best web pages for that topic.