What are other methods of searching for things online other than search engines?

by sara1987 2 replies
What are other methods of searching for things online other than search engines?

I know there are tons (almost infinite) things in this world, and almost infinite things/ways within those topics of doing them....

but in terms of searching online for things, what other methods are there other than, search engines, bookmarking sharing sites, and sites like digg?

I know there are huge amounts of them out there, and there is no way anyone will ever likely hear about them all....

but what are some other methods of searching online that you know of? and what are examples of those methods, if possible?
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  • Profile picture of the author seasoned
    I forget which ones do this, but there IS archie, veronica, jughead, and gopher! I HAD toyed with creating a searchengine that would be like google, but it was going to use archie(as I recall), to get the data. There was also glimpse(?), but that ALWAYS really had problems, and was really for WITHIN a site. Maybe if you told us WHY you wanted to know?

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  • Profile picture of the author George Wright
    Hi sara1987,

    The main method I use for searching for information (other than Google) is I go to a major Public library site.

    In my experience they require a library card to log in.

    After logging in to the library data base they have for free TONS of services that they as the library have subscribed to as a service to their members.

    These services would cost you thousands of dollars but you get them for free as a card carrying library member.

    They include.

    Reference U.S.A, Business. A listing of detailed information, including a simple credit rating, the names of contacts, phone numbers, addresses, emails, number of employees and a lot more information on millions of U.S. Businesses.

    Reference U.S.A. Household. Same as the above without the credit rating on millions of U.S. households.

    One service has practise tests for many of the major tests. It's amazing how you can stretch your brain and build your knowledge and skills for article writing by just cutting to the chase and taking a test.

    Here is the entire list.
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    • College Source Online
    • Columbia Granger's World of Poetry
    • EBSCOhost
    • Encyclopædia Britannica
    • Gale Resource Centers: Business and Company Resource, History Resource Center: U.S., Literature Resource Center, Opposing Viewpoints Resource, Kids InfoBits, and Science Resource Center
    • Grolier Online
    • Kids InfoBits
    • Learning Express Library
    • The Los Angeles Times/Proquest
    • Newsbank
    • NoveList Plus
    • ReferenceUSA
    • SIRS Knowledge Source
    • Social Studies Fact Cards
    Auto Repair
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    Grolier Online One of the world’s most respected on-line reference sources, Grolier provides access to Encyclopedia Americana, Multimedia Encyclopedia, New Book of Knowledge, New Book of Popular Science, and Lands and Peoples.


    Thompson Gale History Resource Center: U.S.
    The History Resource Center: U.S. provides integrated access to historical primary documents, reference articles and journals covering themes, events, individuals and periods in U.S. history from pre-Colonial times to the present.
    Literature Resource Center
    Literature Resource Center provides access to biographies, bibliographies and critical analyses of authors from every age and literary discipline.
    Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center

    Opposing Viewpoints draws on the acclaimed social issues series published by Greenhaven Press, as well as core reference content from other Gale and Macmillan Reference USA sources to provide a complete one-stop source for information on social issues. Business and Company Resource Center is a fully integrated resource bringing together company profiles, brand information, rankings, investment reports, company histories, chronologies and periodicals. Search this database to find detailed company and industry news and information.

    Learning Express Library is the leading source of test preparation materials and interactive practice exams, based on official tests, that will help you improve your scores on academic, civil service, military, and professional licensing and certification exams. It provides immediate scoring, complete answer explanations, and individualized analysis of your scores. New feature: Self-guided tutorials for Microsoft Office applications, including Microsoft Access, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and Word.

    The Los Angeles Times is the major daily newspaper from California. With the nation's largest editorial department, it offers extensive full-text coverage of national, international, and local news from 1985 to the present. Paid advertisements are not included. The Historical L.A. Times is available in the Library only.

    Kids InfoBits is for students in Kindergarten through Grade 5. It has a graphic interface, a subject-based topic tree search, and full-text, age-appropriate, curriculum-related magazine, newspaper and reference content for information on current events, the arts, science, health, people, government, history, sports and more.

    ReferenceUSA helps you find old friends and plan vacations, conduct market research and choose a health care provider. Information on some 14 million U.S. businesses and 210 million U.S. residents is contained in this database.

    SIRS Knowledge Source is a collection of three major databases, offering millions of full-text articles, graphics and charts, government documents and web links to nearly any subject imaginable.

    Nove List With more than 220,000 fiction titles and over 60,000 non-fiction titles, NoveList Plus has suggestions for all reading tastes. Recommended reads with reading lists for all ages, author read-alikes, book discussion guides and book talks now also include information about narrative non-fiction that reads like a story. Find books about adventure, biographies, business and money, current events, sports, true crime, and more. NoveList Plus is where avid readers go for information on all their favorite authors and titles.

    Social Studies Fact Cards is a research resource for students in grades 4 - 8. It provides facts and figures about topics for California, the United States and the world that are included in the social studies curriculum in California.
    "The first chapter sells the book; the last chapter sells the next book." Mickey Spillane
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