Are You Information Literate?

A computer and information literate person is prepared to be a lifelong learner, because he/she can always find the information needed for any task or decision at hand. Such a person is comfortable using libraries and information sources in both paper and electronic formats and also using information and computer technology in everyday living.

Remember computer literacy is NOT information literacy.

For a comparison, read this article


Who is an Information Literate Person?

How should I approach research as an information literate person?


Search Engines

Major Scholarly Search Engines

In the search engine list below, Search Engine Watch provides a guide to the major scholarly search engines of the web. Why are these considered to be "major" search engines? Because they are either well-known or well-used.

Google Scholar

Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles, from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations. Google Scholar helps you identify the most relevant research across the world of scholarly research.


INFOMINE is a virtual library of Internet resources relevant to faculty, students, and research staff at the university level. It contains useful Internet resources such as databases, electronic journals, electronic books, bulletin boards, mailing lists, online library card catalogs, articles, directories of researchers, and many other types of information.

Metacrawlers and Metasearch Engines

Unlike search engines, metacrawlers don't crawl the web themselves to build listings. Instead, they allow searches to be sent to several search engines all at once. The results are then blended together onto one page. Below are some of the major metacrawlers.


Popular metasearch site owned by InfoSpace that sends a search to a customizable list of search engines, directories and specialty search sites, then displays results from each search engine individually.


Enter a search term, and Vivismo will not only pull back matching responses from major search engines but also automatically organize the pages into categories.


Founded in 1996, is one of the oldest meta search engines on the web. Mamma searches against a variety of major crawlers, directories and specialty search sites.


Searches against major engines or provides those who open free accounts the ability to chose from a list of hundreds. Using the "SiteSnaps" feature, you can preview any page in the results and see where your terms appear in the document. Allows results or documents to be saved for future use.

News Search Engines

If you are still looking for news using "normal" search engines, stop doing it! You'll find the services below to be a much better way to search for the latest news stories from hundreds of sources on the web. These services provide exceptionally good results for current event searching, because they crawl only news sites and revisit these sites several times per day. Thus, the results are usually focused and timely.

Google News

Provides the ability to keyword search across thousands of news sources found through crawling the web, while also providing the ability to browse categories of news where headlines are assembled automatically.

Yahoo News

Similar to Google News, you can keyword search across thousands of news sources found by Yahoo's news crawling partner, Moreover, as well as stories fed by major wire services and news partners. Yahoo Full Coverage lets you browse categories of news, where articles and resources have been hand-assembled by Yahoo editors.

AllTheweb News

This Overture-owned service lets you keyword search against content gathered from news sites across the web. Advanced news search page allows narrowing news sources to particular categories, such as sports or technology.