More knowledge of the kinds of useful search methods that are available to you as you search the web equals higher quality information.
- Search Engines
- Search Directory
- Meta Search Engines
- Invisible Web
- Next Generation of Visual Meta Search Engines such as www.kartoo.com
University of California, Berkeley provides a helpful chart of the strengths and weaknesses and useful tips on using these tools. There is never one perfect way to search. Much is based upon what you are searching for.
Remember: Be clear on the vital differences between what these tools search. They search only about 13% of the online information available. They do not search subscription based commercial services that you are helping your college library pay for such as EBSCOhost. Websites require very careful evaluation. See Evaluating Sources.