THE INVISIBLE WEB
Just a quick note that definitions of the invisible, deep or hidden web will change over time as search engines increasingly become able to search some of those hidden databases. Our attempt here is to find some of the databases which are searchable and point to them as sources of more and possibly more authoritative information which regular search engines may be neglecting to give us. Updated 02/14/06. --(Scroll to the bottom of the page for links and see Mrs. Aley for passwords to access from home.)
Keeping up with search engines, etc. is a full time business! We offer several sites to assist us all in keeping up:
And now a couple of new and interesting sights on searching:
NOTE: At the 2002 fall Technology Conference at the Augusta Civic Center, I was asked about deep, hidden or invisible sites for the K-6 crowd so I've started a separate page of possible sites for you folks--Kids' Invisible Web sites---hope it helps! Obviously, most of the huge databases were not created with students in mind, but there are some out there. Please send suggestions as you locate them! (firstname.lastname@example.org)
THE INVISIBLE WEB --EXAMPLES BY TOPIC
As we locate more and more of the hidden databases which we find of value we will list them here in addition to putting the links within the subject areas of the website if applicable. The term "searchable database" will be the key to locating them within subject areas on our regular web site .
ASK AN EXPERT SITE EXAMPLES
And there's a whole set of links at
Ask An Expert Sources
Business.com --search engine and directory for business information
EDGAR --Filings and forms database of the Securities and Exchange Commission
Global Edge --"Your source for global business knowledge"
Educator's Reference Desk --the new place to search the old ERIC Searchable Database of educational information. In addition the government has now put a portion of the old ERIC at DegreeFinder Database --search "fully accredited schools and universities" enabling college seekers to find their degree qualifications, etc.
MERLOT --Multimedia Education Resource for Learning and Online Teaching
ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS
Author Yellow Pages --a site where the authors themselves provide links to web sites about them. Search by genre or alphabetically
Digital Book Index--like the Online Book Pages, this gives full text links for reading on the web.
Find Articles--a resource for locating periodical articles in over 300 magazines and journals from 1998 to the present...and it's free!
IDEA Debatabase --a wonderful starting point for students when searching for topic ideas!
MagPortal.com --another free magazine searchengine for a variety of topics.
The Online Book Page --Need full text links to books online? Here are links to all of the classics from Aeschylus through Shakespeare and beyond!
Questia --Here's a fascinating compilation of scores of full text books and journals in a huge array of topics. You can locate table of contents, index and read the first chapter and if you subscribe (for a very reasonable rate!) you can read the text online, highlight pertinent quotes, print a section you need and do your research right there! Well worth a search for anyone attempting academic research
GOVERNMENT & LEGAL
Diplomacy Monitor --from St. Thomas University School of Law, a searchable database on world diplomacy
Global Policy Forum--An organization which monitors policy making in the United Nations. The site has multiple issues which are searchable.
Government Documents --from City College of New York, covers a broad list of links to topics of interest.
Government Information Connection --from the Government Documents Dept. at University of North Texas Libraries. A searchable database and list of topics including government documents.
The Legal Research Guide --from The Virtual Chase. Here you'll find all the guides to doing legal research you could possible imagine
SearchSystems --billed as the largest free searchable public records database
SearchGov.com --Whether you're looking to search individual departments, NASA, NOAA or by individual state, this is a terrific way to do it!
UncleSam--searches only .gov and .mil site
Daypop --"A current events/weblog/news search engine"
NewsDirectory.com--browse newspapers or magazines by country and topic from this large directory
NewsNow --newsfeed from the United Kingdom
SCIENCE AND HEALTH
Agricola--National Agricultural Library database
Bioethics Web --"searchable catalogue of Internet sites and resources covering biomedical ethics."
EnergyFiles--from the Department of Energy's Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI)
Family Doctor.org --from the American Academy of Family Physicians a searchable database of family health information
Healthfinder.gov --another resource for a huge array of health topics. Don't forget to check topics in their Health Library
HighWire--articles by topic in biological sciences, medical sciences, physical sciences and social sciences from Stanford--many free and full text.
IntelliHealth --Harvard Medical School's Consumer Health Information searchable by term or drug name. Site includes lifestyle, diseases and conditions and a symptom search
MCH Library--National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health and Georgetown University
MedBioWorld --access to searchable articles in many areas of science.
Medical Library -- from Medem, Inc.--searchable library of patient information
NatureServe Explorer --"An online encyclopedia of life." A valuable database of ecological communities and plants and animals
Native American Ethnobotany --from the University of Michigan "a database of foods, drugs, dyes and fibers of Native American peoples, derived from plants.
NOAH --for health information
OBIS --Ocean Biogeographic Information System. A searchable database where you can search by using scientific names....and it's going to get bigger and better due to a new cooperative grant! Multiple search engines to search here as well!
OmniMedical Search.com --one search engine for a multitude of specialized medical databases, searches all or select from a list including CDC, MedlinePlus, PubMed and others.
Science.gov --from the government, a new searchable means of access to all areas of science.
Toxnet--from the National Library of Medicine a searchable site for toxicology, hazardous chemicals and related areas.
Global Gateway--from the Library of Congress' World Cultures and Resources site.
FIRST --Facts on International Relations and Security Trends--access to a multitude of databases on major world topics
World Bank ---Click on Site Index at the top to get to a huge list of topics....everything from malaria, to AIDs, to labor markets!
Artchive --for locating great works of art
Bitlaw--"A Resource on Technology Law"
FindTutorials--for all kinds of technology and software tutorials
MagPortal.com--great way to search for free full text magazine articles!
StartSpot Network --provides links to a number of broad topic areas including government, geneaology, headlines, books, movies and others.
The Wayback Machine--Got an old web site you can't find anymore? Put in the URL here and let the Internet Archive retrieve it for you