Searching & Sleuthing:
Basic Search Tools

Search Engines | Subject Guides or Directories  | Multi-Search Engine | Searching for Images

The following tools are recommended are good starting points for beginners. A more extensive list of tools is available (see Web Searching Series).

Search Engines:

  • Alta Vista

    Key points:
  • extremely large database
  • great power searching (if you know how)
  • supports natural language queries (example: "What does sleuthing mean?"