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Library Home » Search Engines

Why Use Search Engines?

    Search Engines:

  • Search for unique keywords and phrases
  • Searchfor combinations of unique keywords and phrases
  • Employ field searching and limiting (date, language, file type, location, etc.)
  • Search for pages buried deep in a Web site

    Search engines will not find:

  • Content of Adobe PDF and formatted files (except at AlltheWeb and Google which now index PDF and other file types)
  • Content in sites requiring a login (most periodical databases like Gale or EBSCOhost; reference sources like or
  • Information in commercial resources with domain limitations
  • Non-Web resources (printed books, printed government documents, print archives and rare manuscripts, and print/microform periodicals)