Web Search Tools

ACTIVITY: Choose one search engine, one metasearch engine, one subject directory, and one invisible web directory from the lists above. Try a search with the same word in each web search tool, record the top five results for each, and then count the number of paid listings for each search. Then answer the following questions:

  1. Compare and contrast the results from the various web search tools. Can you make any generalizations?
  2. Did some web search tools seem to have more paid listings than others? If so, which ones?
  3. Which web search tools might you be more likely to use and why?
  4. How might using more than one web search tool when researching information help you to find better information?
  5. What conclusions can you draw about researching information on the web so far?

Search Engines

Metasearch Engines

Subject Directories

Invisible Web

Invisible Web Directories