What happens "behind the scenes" when your search the free or open web?
While Google may be the biggest index, it may not contain all of the sites found in another search engine's index. You may want to use more than one search engine to find results.
PageRank (trademarked Google technology) refers to the system for ranking or ordering search results. Oftentimes these results are not based on the quality of the information on the website, but on the website's popularity, or how many other websites link to that websites and how high those websites are ranked.
Additional factors such as location, type of machine, and domains can affect your searches.
The Internet includes a wide range of resources. Some of them are considered scholarly sources, or sources in which the content is written by experts in a particular field of study. The purpose of scholarly sources is to share research or analyze findings. These are the types of sources you should seek out for your research.
Search engines gather websites using a electronic "spider" that crawls the web looking for new websites, updates, and deleted sites.
Put words in "quotations marks" to search words as a phrase.
Advanced search features limit specific domains such as .gov, .org, and .edu.
Put a minus sign (-) in front of words or phrases you want to exclude from your results.
See more tips for searching Google to improve your search results.
Wikipedia is a site that is often listed at toward the top of search results pages.
Watch the video below to learn the best way to utilize Wikipedia as a college student.
Using Wikipedia for academic research.