The web provides an abundance of information resources, varying greatly in quality. Many of these resources are accessible through search engines, which find pages containing the search terms specified within a database of cached web pages or through real-time searches.
Some resources are not accessible to web pages and belong to the deep web, also known as the hidden web or the invisible web.
Directories, research guides and similar web resources provide selected access to particular web resources and may include deep web sources as well as sources available through search engines.
See Finding Library Materials for more information on how to find materials referenced in this guide.
Evaluation of Web Resources
Searching the web is a quick and easy way to find information. However, when researching for class, co-curricular or work projects, it is important to make sure the information you find is current, factual, and authoritative. This is not as easy to do with web resources as it is with traditionally published materials. The sites listed below provide many helpful tips and techniques to help you evaluate the information you find on the web.