REMEMBER: there are many different ways for searching for information on the internet.
Search engines are vehicles which search the Internet through electronic "spiders". They are not organized or maintained by people. In addition, because there is no human in charge of a search engine, it makes it easy for just about anyone to post anything on a website. There is no one checking the content or authenticity of any individual site. Therefore the results they retrieve for you may be great information, so-so, unreliable or even irrelevant to your query. When using a search engine, it is important to check the reliability and appropriateness of the website. Refer to the evaluation check list below. Also it is important to remember that while their search is wide spreading, they generally cannot search within most databases.
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Subject directories are databases of websites collected and maintained by humans. On the homepage, you will see that they are organized by topic and further divided into subtopics. These directories often look like a menu in a restaurant. You can click on a general topic or search in their search box. When you search in a subject directory you are actually searching in their library of pre-selected databases and not on the Internet.
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Subscription databases are part of the invisible web, meaning they are not searchable through general search engines. They are password protected and can only be accessed through a subscription, which we have for Encyclopedia Judaica and WorldbookOnline. Databases are collections that can encompass many different types of information, including health, social science, history. They include encyclopedic collections as well as periodicals and other types of information. Their information is extremely reliable and is updated frequently.
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