Searching with a Web Directory
Searching with a Web Directory :
There are two main types of directories: those that are hierarchical (i.e. that lead one from a general topic to a more specific one) and those that list sources in some sort of order (most commonly alphabetical). The first type of index often contains a broad range of topics while the second usually contains sources designed to address a particular topic or concern.
Most search engines have some sort of index attached to them. More prominent and well-developed ones include The Open Directory Project
, and Google
. Indexes are valuable for web researchers who have an area on which they want to focus, but do not yet have a specific topic. An index can help a writer get general information or a "feel" for the topic.
An Example :
Go to Yahoo! (contains a web directory).
Find a topic that interests you ("education").
Follow it through specifics ("rural education", "Rural Education Institute").
"Rural Education Institute" is a specific topic that can be feasibly researched, either by following the listed links or by using that phrase in a keyword search.
Other Pages in This Section :
Searching the World Wide Web : Overview : This section covers finding sources for your writing in the World Wide Web.
How the Internet and Search Engines Work : The Internet is made up of a vast amount of computers networked throughout the world via data lines or wireless routers.
Kinds of Search Engines and Directories : Web directories (also known as indexes, web indexes or catalogues) are broken down into categories and sub-categories and are good for broad searches of established sites.
Searching with a Search Engine : A search engine is a device that sends out inquiries to sites on the web and catalogs any web site it encounters, without evaluating it.
Search Engine and Web Directory List : The following is a list of some of the most powerful search and metasearch engines and most comprehensive web directories.
Resources to Search the Invisible Web : The Invisible Web includes many types of online resources that normally cannot be found using regular search engines.
Other Useful Sites for Finding Information : Other Useful Sites for Finding Information include all.
Other Strategies for Web Searching : Don't limit your Internet searching to using search engines. Be creative and think about which Internet sites might have the information you are looking for.
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