Where do you go for
You are asked to write a
paper on the topic of your
choice and you need
information for your topic.
Where is the first place you
Search engines access a
relatively small part of the
web, know as the “free web”
A large portion of the web,
inaccessible to the search
engines, is known as the
What’s not on the free web?
•Around 90% of the books on our
library’s shelves, still under the
protection of copyright
•The full-text of many magazine and
•Expensive reference books, like literary
criticism, in-depth biographical and
What’s the big deal?...
Your teachers expect quality!
•Material from the subscription services
is likely to be viewed by your teachers as
•You may have to defend some of the
sources you find on the free Web
•You may want to dig deep on the free
Web for some harder to find sources.
Say you are looking for photographs of
the Battle of Gettysburg
You may find some good ones through an
image search on your favorite search
BUT… did you know there is a database
DEVOTED to Civil War photographs?
Search engines cannot pick up those photos
of Gettysburg in that rich database because
the database content is not searchable
until you are actually in the database.
Selected Civil War Photographs
Included in the Invisible Web
It includes subscription, or proprietary
GALILEO-magazines, newspapers, journals
Library Catalog-books on the shelves
A brief look at the visible web…
Five Criteria for Evaluating Web Pages
A question is not a query
Ayurveda-The Science of Healthy Living
Can you create an effective “one-two
•Herbs, therapeutic use
How to structure a good query
1. Brainstorm several key words and phrases
2. Consider alternate forms of words: adolescent,
3. Be on the look out for better words and phrases
as you search
4. Check your spelling. Bad spelling usually turns
up bad hits
5. Use lowercase letter unless you are searching
for proper names. Turn off the CAPS LOCK!
Select “Library” under Quick Links
GALILEO stands for GeorgiA LIbrary LEarning
Online. A World Wide Web-based virtual
library, GALILEO provides access to multiple
information resources. Participating
institutions may access over 100 databases
thousands of periodicals and scholarly
journals. Over 2000 journal titles are provided
in full-text. Other resources include
encyclopedias, business directories, and
Galileo gives you access to
information that you would
have to pay for otherwise!
1. Name the “virtual library” that Savannah Tech uses that
allows students to access journal articles they would
otherwise have to pay for.
2. What are the benefits of using library resources over
3. What source can I use to read books electronically when
they are not available inside the library?
4. Identify three online resources where you can find
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