Selecting the Proper Web Database

No two web databases are alike, as you have seen throughout this tutorial. They differ in the following aspects:

As you can see, there are many variables in a web database, and different types of searches demand different tyeps of web databases. You can't use the same database for all of your searching just like you can't use the same reference book for all of your questions. You need to select the proper tool for your searches - and that is where AskScott comes into play.

The role of AskScott in web searching

AskScott has three features that make it a useful tool to you in your searching.

AskScott is a unique tool, and one that plays an important role - the role of a librarian in helping you use the proper reference tool for your search request.

Places to learn more

If you are interested in an individual search engine, look for the online help attached to that search engine. That is a good way to learn the differences - but take any comparisons listed there with a grain of salt, as each engine will give you reasons why their database/search engine is superior. However, they don't talk about the disadvantages.

Some of the best tools for learning more about the Web search tools are Danny Sullivan's Search Engine Watch and Greg Notess's Search Engine Showdown.


I hope this search tutorial was helpful to you, and will help you in not only your web searching, but searching at your local library. If you felt this was helpful or you'd like to use this in a classroom setting, please drop me a note - I'd really appreciate any feedback you have to give on this tutorial.

If you're still having trouble, some more searching examples are provided to help you go from a search request to the search terms.

You can also go back to the tutorial start page or go directly to AskScott!

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