Using the Invisible Web to Find Information Worksheet

Research Writing – Research Process

Utilize this Invisible Web Worksheet to help with the process of finding sources for your research writing. Practice finding specialized online databases, directories and search engines that give you access to information not indexed by the major search engines by completing 10 exercises.

Using the Invisible Web to Find Information

Instructions

For the first five exercises, locate and find three online specialized databases by using the searching techniques for accessing the Invisible Web on each of the topics. For the last five exercises, locate and find one specialized search engine and two specialized directories for the given topics.

  • Topic: How do men and women communicate differently
    Database #1 URL: __________________________________________
    Database #2 URL: __________________________________________
    Database #3 URL: __________________________________________

  • Topic: How the internet affects learning
    Database #1 URL: __________________________________________
    Database #2 URL: __________________________________________
    Database #3 URL: __________________________________________

  • Topic: The impact of video games on child violence
    Database #1 URL: __________________________________________
    Database #2 URL: __________________________________________
    Database #3 URL: __________________________________________

  • Topic: Racial bias in the media
    Database #1 URL: __________________________________________
    Database #2 URL: __________________________________________
    Database #3 URL: __________________________________________

  • Topic: The progress of Alzheimer’s research
    Database #1 URL: __________________________________________
    Database #2 URL: __________________________________________
    Database #3 URL: __________________________________________

  • Topic: Stem cell research
    Search Engine URL: _________________________________________
    Directory #1 URL: ___________________________________________
    Directory #2 URL: ___________________________________________

  • Topic: The ecology of rainforest foliage
    Search Engine URL: _________________________________________
    Directory #1 URL: ___________________________________________
    Directory #2 URL: ___________________________________________

  • Topic: Laws that protect children
    Search Engine URL: _________________________________________
    Directory #1 URL: ___________________________________________
    Directory #2 URL: ___________________________________________

  • Topic: Global pollution and its effects
    Search Engine URL: _________________________________________
    Directory #1 URL: ___________________________________________
    Directory #2 URL: ___________________________________________

  • Topic: Aging and mental health
    Search Engine URL: _________________________________________
    Directory #1 URL: ___________________________________________
    Directory #2 URL: ___________________________________________