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The Web & the Internet

Web Browsers


Searching the Web

Simple Searches

Advanced Searches

Meta Searches

News Searches

Reference Searches

Government Searches

Blog Searches

Deep Web Searches

Discussion Group Searches

Chat and MOO Searches

Using Web Directories

Browsing Categories

Searching Categories

Browsing the Web


How to Search the Web

Using Web Directories

Web directories are categorized collections of links created by editors—real people—who make judgments about the usefulness and relevance of a particular Web site to people interested in a particular topic. The Open Directory Project, for example, enlists the support of thousands of volunteeer editors to organize and categorize Web sites and other information on the Internet (including software programs, newsgroups and mailing lists, images, and sound files, among other materials).

Most directories allow you to browse their listings and to search within categories. You can learn more about these strategies by following the links below:

Tip: For your research project, you might want to try specialized directories that focus narrowly on a single topic, such as those found in the Links for Specific Disciplines section of this site.

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