IRIS 42: Information and Research Instruction Suite for two-year colleges

Beyond Search Engines

Hand-Selected Subject Directories

As we've seen, the search engines use bots, or programs, to collect web sites for their databases. In contrast, search tools called Subject Directories use real people to read, select, and add web sites to databases.

As you can guess, subject directory databases aren't nearly as large as Google or Yahoo, so you won't get a billion hits, but you might get better hits. Notice I said might get: with web searches, results depend on your topic. You still have to evaluate.

The screenshot below shows ipl2: Information You Can Trust, a popular subject directory in which contents are chosen by library professionals and volunteers.

ipl2 screenshot used with permission

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