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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

Conducting a Reference Site Search

Reference search sites allow you to search for information that has been collected in encyclopedias, almanacs, atlases, dictionaries, and other reference resources. Some reference sites, such as MSN Encarta and Encyclopaedia Britannica Online offer limited access to information in their encyclopedias for no charge and complete access for a fee. Other sites, such as Infoplease and, allow unrestricted access to recently published reference works, including the Columbia Encyclopedia, The Encyclopedia of World History, and The World Factbook.

A number of sites specialize in searches for reference information. You can find a list of reference search sites in the Bedford Research Room's Links pages.

In this demonstration, we'll conduct a search using To begin this demonstration, click on the Continue button.


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