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Search Engines

Search Engines
A program that searches documents for specified keywords and returns a list of the documents or Web pages where the keywords were found. (more ...)
Search Engine Types
Non-clustered Results
All the Web
Ask Jeeves
MSN Search
Clustered Results
A cluster is a group of results that are centered around a common subject. For example, a search for 'Jacksonville' using such a search engine could organize clusters around the following topics: the Jacksonville Jaguars, the City of Jacksonville, Homes, Businesses, and others.

Meta-Search Engines
These combine the results of multiple search engines.
Incorporate search engines, and offer additional services.
Complete list of search engines.

Subject Directories

Subject Directories

An Internet research tool on the World Wide Web that organizes Internet resources by subject headings and subheadings. The essential difference between search engines and subject directories is that directories involve humans in selecting, describing and organizing Web resources using selective criteria. (more ...)
Digital Librarian
dmoz - Open Directory Project
Internet Public Library
Librarians' Index to the Internet



Jacksonville Public Library does not offer email accounts to the public. However, you may access web-based email at any of our public access computers.

Additional Free Services
Gmail is built on the idea that email can be more intuitive, efficient, and useful.
(Requires downloading free software at home to create account; need a modem and a telephone.)
Commercial Services

These Internet providers allow web access of your email while away from home.


Recently, free email providers like Hotmail have begun charging for accounts. They still have free account options, they are just harder to spot on the sign up pages.

It is very important when using free email services that you keep track of your password and ID, and also that you delete messages and empty your "trash" on a regular basis. If you lose your password/ID, or if your mailbox becomes too full, you will not be able to access your free email. These free email providers generally don't offer a telephone number you can call for help, which means you'll basically have to start over with a new account.

CAUTION: If you're accessing your free email account from Jacksonville Public Library's public access computers, when you are finished, please log out, then close your browser. This will help to prevent any individual from accessing your email account.


Internet Guides & "How-To..."s

Bare Bones 101: A Basic Tutorial on Searching the Web
The information contained in the these lessons is truly "bare bones," designed to get you started in the right direction with a minimum of time and effort.
Finding Information on the Internet: A Tutorial
Constructed for a University of Berkeley course, this tutorial walks the reader through such topics as the Invisible Web, Subject Directories, Meta-Search Engines, and Boolean logic in order to improve the usability of the Internet.
Google Guide
A tutorial that will help the user maximize his/her skill with the Google search engine. Included are discussions of search histories and strategies, shortcuts and macros, as well as a host of other useful information.
Search Engine Watch
Search Engine Watch is a forum on the Web devoted to the discussion, promotion, and successful use of Search Engine Technology. Resources include articles on usefulnesss, public news concerning engines, plus ratings and how-to guides.
Website Evaluation Criteria
A tutorial organized to combine the two techniques into a process that begins with looking at your search results from a search engine or other source, follows through by investigating the content of page, and extends beyond the page to what others may say about the page or its author(s).

Internet Security

Internet Security
Internet Safety Tips for Children and Teens
Tips for younger people on how to handle private information, bullying, and public awareness while online.
JavaCool Software
A Web-based company that distributes free anti-spyware and ad-ware programs.
Homepage of one of the largest companies dedicated to protecting innocent consumers from malicious software.
Microsoft Antispyware (beta)
The homepage of the newest anti-spyware software from Microsoft.
Secure Florida
Our Mission: To protect the citizens and economy of Florida by safeguarding our information systems, reducing our vulnerability to cyber attacks, and increasing our responsiveness to any threat.
Social Networking Sites: Safety Tips for Tweens and Teens
The Internet is the world's biggest information exchange: many more people could see your information than you intend, including your parents, your teachers, your employer, the police - and strangers, some of whom could be dangerous. The Federal Trade Commission, the nation's consumer protection agency, has created this list of safety tips for children and adults.
Spyware Warrior
A Web-based company that distributes free anti-spyware programs.
Homepage of the company behind Norton - one of the largest and most reliable anti-virus and other malware software distributors.


Access WHOIS
Want to know who owns a particular Domain name? Access WHOIS Domain Information takes the guesswork out of WHOIS lookups by automatically determining the domain registrar and then querying that registrar's WHOIS server all with one simple step.
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is an internationally organized, non-profit corporation that is dedicated to preserving the operational stability of the Internet; to promoting competition; to achieving broad representation of global Internet communities; and to developing policy appropriate to its mission through bottom-up, consensus-based processes.
Internet Scout Project
Since 1994, the Scout Project has focused on developing better tools and services for finding, filtering, and presenting online information and metadata.
RSS Compendium - RSS Editors
The RSS Compendium is designed to link you to information about RSS readers, resources, tools, etc...
World Wide Web Consortium
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) develops interoperable technologies (specifications, guidelines, software, and tools) to lead the Web to its full potential. W3C is a forum for information, commerce, communication, and collective understanding.

Wi-Fi, Wireless Internet

Wireless Internet

Public wireless network access (WiFi) is currently available at all Jacksonville Public Library locations. WiFi (short for wireless fidelity) uses high frequency radio signals to transmit and receive data over limited distances. With this service, patrons may use their own laptop computers to gain access to the World Wide Web on the Internet while visiting a library location.

To read more about the Wireless Internet service provided by Jacksonville Public Library, click here.

Top Five Browsers
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Mozilla Firefox
Mozilla Firefox
Internet Explorer
Internet Explorer
Google Chrome
Google Chrome

For more alternative browsing options, visit the World Wide Consortium's website.