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You probably search the web everyday. Still, it's important to remember that our everyday, casual search habits don't necessarily lead us to the most useful information. 

Google and similar search tools are surface search engines.  You'll be able to reach about 25% of the information available on the open web by using these types of tools. Understanding how these search tools work can help you use them more effectively. Our guide, Search the Web, will help you rethink the ways in which you search the web.

When you're looking for information that will help you answer complex questions, analyze controversial information, or solve a problem, you'll need to mine the deep web.  

Our guide, The Invisible Web, will help you to dive deeper into the web using tools designed to search beyond the surface. Below, are listed a number of the more common tools for gathering information not accessible through Google's standard search engine.

  • Google Scholar
    Google's engine that specifically searches academic content on the web. You can learn how to use this powerful tool in our guide, Go Google Scholar.
  • DeeperWeb
    Powered by Google, this search engine use different algorithms mine the web more accurately. It's great for biographies! Use the "deepercloud" feature to hone in on exactly what you're looking for and browse through Metric Search and Resources (on the right side) to identify more in-depth analysis.
  • The Internet Archive
    Access books and more that have moved into the public domain and been digitized by the museums and libraries of the world. Great way to access primary sources, too.
  • OAIster (WorldCat)
    This online search engine powered by WorldCat searches libraries, worldwide. Many of the items are archival copies of books and primary source documents, downloadable or viewable online.
  • The Online Books Page — A searchable database of more than 25,000 English books, free and full text.

Found Resources...

America 1900 
Presents a comprehensive picture of what life was like in the United States at the turn of the century. (PBS)

Impact of Upton Sinclair's The Jungle on Food Safety
"Melissa Block speaks with Morris Dickstein of the City University of New York about Upton Sinclair's book The Jungle." (NPR)

Political Culture and Imagery of American Women Suffrage
This online exhibit "examines the development of a distinct female political culture and imagery that evolved to promote voting rights for women." (National Women's History Museum)

Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony
"Track key events in the suffrage movement, delve into historic documents and essays, and take a look at where women are today." (PBS)

TR, The Story of Theodore Roosevelt 
Features real audio interviews and much more related to TR’s Progressive Era reform inititives as well as his legacy in environment and the Panama Canal. (PBS)

Women Working, 1800–1930
This is an exploration of women's impact on the economic life of the United States between 1800 and the Great Depression. (Harvard University)

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