Searching the Internet


Sometimes referred to as search engines or directories, the following are search tools which may help you locate information gleaned from the millions of web pages.  These may be used when you don't know the address or URL (uniform resource locator) for a particular web site.  Try more than one search engine to compare the usefulness of the results.  Because search engines constantly change the organization of their pages, it can be helpful to refer to the help and search hints posted by specific search engines.  Search engines may be available in foreign languages and may provide options to search by specific formats, such as images, video, MP3 and audio.

Metacrawlers simultaneously search several search engines.  There are additional search aids for other specialized searches such as discussion groups.


General Search Engines

AOL Search  





MSN Search  






Discussion Groups

Google Groups  
To access public discussion or newsgroups



Links to Other Web Sites:

The Batavia Public Library provides links to other, external web sites as a service to its patrons and for informational purposes only, as part of its mission “to provide and ensure access to materials and services to meet the lifelong learning needs of residents and organizations.” However, use of other, external web sites is voluntary on the part of each individual visitor.

Such other, external web sites are not operated, controlled, or maintained by the Batavia Public Library. While the Library works to provide links to only those web sites that are accurate and useful to visitors of the Batavia Public Library web site, the Library is not responsible for the content of other, external web sites and cannot guarantee that such web sites will not change without the Library’s knowledge. Inclusion of such links in the Batavia Public Library web site does not imply the Library’s endorsement or approval of the linked sites, their sponsors, or content.