Using the Invisible Web Or how to find the information you never knew was there
The 2 Parts of the Internet
The Visible Web : what can be searched by search engines/directories. Has a static URL.
Has over 30 billion pages
Can be reached via Google,Yahoo,Bing, Ask
Usually free information
Like tip of the iceberg
The Invisible (Deep) Web
The Deep Web : Not easily seen by search engines or directories
Over 200 billion pages
Often requires a login ID. Examples: WorldBook Online, Wilmington Trust Account, New Castle County Library
Results based on your “question” or request for information. Result: long URL. URL changes based on your query (dynamic URL).
How to explore the Deep Web
Go to Librarian’s Index to the Internet (lii.org). Browse through subjects, and find one appropriate to your topic. Then see what databases are available.
Go to The Complete Planet (completeplanet.com)
Try Science.gov . Just launched 9/2008. Clusters (sorts) results.
Search for your topic and the word “databases” in Google
Or, try your own library
New Castle County Public libraries has a great database of information free for you to use.
Go to the library webpage, Resource Tools, Search Engines, to Delaware Libraries. Click on the link . You must have a library card and PIN number.
Databases available: Britannica Online, Science Online, Newsbank, Ebsco Host, etc.
How to cite information found in databases
Look at the information itself. Does it tell you how to cite it?
Use Noodletools NoodleBib Express in MLA format.
Keep your information window open while you work in Noodletools.
You may be looking at a general website, or a print source available on the web. It will ask you whether it was from a online database, and the name of the database. Fill in all information and let Noodletools generate the citation.