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Students Go Beyond Google, Into the Deep Web

the invisible webWhen you use Google, Microsoft, Yahoo! and other major search engines you get millions of results that all have one thing in common: the websites have all allowed themselves to be listed there. A web developer can choose to put a bit of code in their web pages that instructs Google, et. al. to not search the site. The major search engines respect this request and ignore these pages. However, there are a few search engines that focus on ignoring these instructions, choosing to index the site anyway. They also focus on sites that the major search engines aren’t able to reach because the information resides in databases. These search engines capture what is known as the Deep Web (or Invisible Web, Hidden Web, etc.) and there can be a wealth of information on these websites that can be beneficial to you, as a student. Three resources are listed below, but it’s not hard to find that there are hundreds of deep web search engines available, many subject-specific. For a more in depth look at the Deep Web, read The Invisible Web: Uncovering Information Sources Search Engines Can’t See by Gary Price and Chris Sherman. Read the rest of this entry »


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