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Surfing the deeper layers of the world wide web

Updated on August 19, 2013

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The Mysteries of the Web

If the world wide web were an ocean, we need to have the means to surf the seabed. Most of the time, according to various sources in the internet, we are only able to access the first layer. According to Wendy Boswell of, there are information in databases that are generally inaccessible to software spiders and crawlers that create search engine indexes. Bright Planet says that the invisible web is thousands of times larger than the surface web and the data it keeps are unknown or hidden and cannot be easily found using conventional search engines. Data in the invisible web is content that exists deep within sites which require deep web harvesting techniques.

There is so much to know in the world and we can call ourselves lucky that some people work so hard to get some answers to questions about the “mystery” of the web. Gary Price, a librarian and a webmaster at the Virginia Campus of GeorgeWashingtonUniversity is at the forefront of the effort to gather the tools for people to be able to surf the deeper layers of the world wide web. Along with Gary Price, Marylaine Block, an internet trainer, editor/author of an interesting and important e-zine (ExLibris), and a Webmaster for a couple of popular and useful Web site guides, did a research on internet sites that would be helpful in helping people browse for data in the invisible web. Here are sites that will help us dive better into the deeper layers of information in the internet ocean:

a) The Invisible Web -

b) - hey have millions of records from more than 405 institutions as diverse as African Journals Online and the Library Network of Western Switzerland.

c) Library Spot -

d) UCLA Library -

e) Resource Discovery Network -


It would indeed be very helpful for us, students of life, if we had access to the vast information waiting out there in the web. The tools mentioned in this hub are just a scratch on the surface of our information-filled world

The Invisible Web


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      Mary Rokhvadze 3 years ago from Oneonta, NY

      Great list of resources. Databases are invisible web gold mines. We forget that google and the like are not the end all or be all of online information sources. -Mary

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      franciaonline 4 years ago from Philippines

      Douwe Drijversma,

      From what I've learned, "deeper layers" are still indexed by google but they are the ones not immediately seen on searches. That's why we need to do more searches than the ones we normally do.

      Thanks for dropping by.

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      Douwe Drijversma 4 years ago from Amsterdam, Netherlands

      By 'deeper' you mean: 'not indexed by google'?

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      franciaonline 7 years ago from Philippines

      Thanks for leaving a comment, Tony. I'm glad you find the info on the "invisible web" useful. I was amazed too when I discovered the info on the mysteries of the web and hubbing about it was my show of gratitude to the universe.

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      Tony McGregor 7 years ago from South Africa

      Thanks for sharing this very useful info. I will definitely do some deep diving with these sites to guide me!

      Love and peace


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      Coolmon2009 7 years ago from Texas, USA

      Good information enjoyed reading it

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      franciaonline 7 years ago from Philippines

      Yes, Cris, I remember the adage "the more you learn the little you know" is also true with the internet.I feel it's like wanting to put the entire ocean into a glass.

      Thanks for leaving a comment.

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      Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      you mean i've ust been to the surface?! will surf more! must surf more! thanks for sharing :D

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      franciaonline 7 years ago from Philippines

      Hi Money Glitch,

      Nice of you to leave a comment. I hope the links in this hub will be useful to you and others who stumble on this page.

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      Great hub franciaonline! I knew about the UCLA Library, I used it in when finishing my MBA, however, have never heard of the rest. I'm bookmarking this hub to keep for future reference. Thanks for sharing!

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      franciaonline 7 years ago from Philippines

      jill of alltrades

      It's good to know that you're finding this hub informative.

      Thanks for leaving a comment.

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      jill of alltrades 7 years ago from Philippines

      Great informative hub Francia! Thanks for sharing.