12/28/2012 11:17 am ET Updated Feb 26, 2013

A Journey Through the Google Gateway

Would you use one book to do all your research on a subject? Probably not. That is what you do if you use Google as your only source.

Google, while the largest, is not the only search engine in town. Another way to use Google is as a gateway to many other search options on the Web.

To demonstrate this process, I used "gun control" as my topic. I looked up "gun control" in nine different search sites. Some results were similar to Google, but others wildly different.

The following are results from Google as well as the other sites I searched. The results are a mix of search engines, databases, and directories and Meta Search engines.

Google results on "Gun Control"

  • News for gun control
  • History of gun control is cautionary tale for those seeking regulations after Conn. Shooting
  • Gun control? It's a tough sell in Virginia
  • Gun Control-just facts
  • Gun control - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  • Gun Control News and Video - Fox News Topics -
  • Gun Control Laws in America -ABC News

  • Gun Control News Results
  • Gun Control - Just facts
  • Gun Control Newsbatch
  • Gun Control Wikipedia
  • Gun Control Video Results

  • Republicans Aren't the Only Gun-Control Obstacle
  • Gun Control Laws may tighten in California
  • Gun Control California: Stockton School Shooting

  • Regulate Arms - No More Arms for Atrocities
  • Second Amendment News
  • Defending Family
  • Today's Gun News

Open Directory Project

  • The Truth About Gun Control and the Second Amendment
  • US News and World Report-Gun Control and Gun Rights
  • Guardian. - US Gun Control
  • GunCite-Presentation and analysis of firearm statistics, research policies and gun control laws

  • Response to the NRA
  • California Gun
  • Today's Gun News - Keep
  • Five myths about gun control

  • The gun ownership and gun homicides map of the world
  • More Support for Gun Rights, Gay Marriage than in 2008
  • Drugs, gun found on rapper Nelly's bus at Texas checkpoint

  • NFA Lawyer
  • Watch Gun online
  • Gun Control?

  • In Gun Control Debate. Arguments for Tougher Background
  • Poll: Fewer Americans support stricter gun control laws
  • Gun Control TechCrunch

Geri Spieler teaches Internet Search classes in person and online.