The Open or Free Web vs. The Deep Web
“Open web” and “free web” are both terms that refer to the part of the Internet that can be accessed for free using search engines like Google and Bing. Examples include websites for shopping, news, recipes, social networking. It can be very difficult to find to sources that are appropriate for college-level research on the open web.
The “deep web” (also called the “invisible web” and “hidden web”) includes content search engines like Google and Bing cannot find and/or require a subscription to access. Examples are databases like those from EBSCOhost and other resources that you access through the Brown Mackie Online Library. Sources found through the Online Library are appropriate for college-level research.
Which Search Engine Should I Use?
Most of us know about and use popular search engines like Google, Yahoo and Bing. These can be great tools for locating information to help in our daily lives including finding a job and researching for a major purchase.
There are also search engines designed for academic searches. Below are some search engines you may want to try in addition to your research in the library.
Web directories are not search engines. Instead they provide lists and access to websites based on categories or subject.