Web: Visible vs. Invisible
The Visible Web
Includes all Web sites that are accessible and searchable using
internet search engines (like Google, Yahoo, etc.)
The Invisible Web
Refers to the segment of information on the Internet that cannot be
located using search engines. This is also sometimes called the hidden
web. Some of these sites are free, but have to be accessed through a
database, a registration, or a particular interface. In
this case you can search and find the home page, but not the content
deeper in the site.
Other content on the
Invisible Web is both hidden and proprietary.
The article databases the library subscribes to, are only available to the
Cal State LA community.
SO . .
Because electronic databases are organized, stable, and include reviewed
and accurate information, they are much better places to begin research
than the Public Web. As you learned in Chapter 2, you can access CSULA
article databases at the library or from home.