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Advanced Searches
Making the most of any search engine you use. Adobe PDF format. From Middletown Thrall Library.
Diversify Your Search
Introduce new sources and possibilities into your research. Adobe PDF format. From Middletown Thrall Library.
How Search Engines Work
From How Stuff Works.
Search Engine Land
News and reviews.
Search Engine News & Web Trends
Top searches, search engine updates, and more.
Search Engine Simulator
Simulates a search engine. An educational tool developed at Middletown Thrall Library.
Search Smarter, Better
Improve your search skills. Adobe PDF format. From Middletown Thrall Library.
Using Thrall's Web Guides
Learn about our online information guides. Adobe PDF format. From Middletown Thrall Library.
Web Checklist
Things to consider when visiting a website. Adobe PDF format. From Middletown Thrall Library.
Why Search?
Adobe PDF format. From Middletown Thrall Library.

General Web Search Engines
Search Engine Colossus
International search engine directory.
Web Resources

Metasearch Tools
Includes social media results.
Formerly "Clusty."

Specialized Searches & Search Engines
Colleges & Universities
Government Information Searches
Health & Medical: MedlinePlus
Image Search Engines
Job Search Engines
Local History & Genealogy
Microsoft Academic Search
"Microsoft Academic Search is a free academic search engine developed by Microsoft Research, which also serves as a test-bed for our object-level vertical search research. Microsoft Academic Search provides many innovative ways to explore scientific publications, authors, conferences, journals, organizations and keywords, connecting millions of scholars, students, librarians, and other users."
Million Short
"Million Short started out as an experimental web search engine that allows you to filter and refine your search results set. The thinking was that web searches yield the same popular sites. Million Short makes it easy to discover sites that just don't make it to the top of the search engine results for whatever reason - whether it be poor SEO, new site, small marketing budget, or competitive keywords. The Million Short technology gives users access to the wealth of untapped information on the web."
Music: Lyrics
See also Music Databases & Searches
News Search Engines
Wolfram | Alpha
A "computational search engine" that can solve mathematical problems, convert numbers, and perform other interesting calculations. Read more about it in Thrall's Science and Technology blog.

Web Resources & Website Directories
ALA: Great Websites
For young persons, educators, and parents. Directory provided by the American Library Association (ALA).
Common Sense Media: Best Websites - Our Recommendations for Families
"Looking for great websites for kids? Our editors have made it easy with these hand-picked lists of fun, age-appropriate kids' sites and online games. It's a big world on the web, but with lists like ours, it can be a worthwhile one for your kids."
EDSITEment!: The Best of the Humanities on the Web
From the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Activities for math, language, science, history and the arts. Aimed at grades 2 through 12. Topics include the Renaissance, Middle Ages, spelling, volcanoes, metrics, geometry, garbage and more. From the Annenburg Foundation.
A searchable directory of web resources maintained by librarians.
Websites selected by librarians. Originally created by the Ramapo Catskill Library System, now maintained by San Jose State University's School of Library and Information Science
Middletown Thrall Library Internet Resource Guides
In addition to this Ready Reference guide, which you are viewing right now, we maintain a variety of resource guides covering more subjects yet. You may browse or search our guides. Also check out our databases and blogs.
The Open Directory Project
Boasting an index of several million websites, the Open Directory Project is an Internet community-maintained directory. Browse or search.

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