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Characteristics of Invisible Web Content or Why Search Engines Can’t Find this Information

Characteristics of Invisible Web Content
Examples
Database content (dynamically generated for a particular inquiry) ERIC
Library catalogs
Subscription databases EBSCOhost, LexisNexis academic
Deep websites Library of Congress, U.S. Census Bureau
Real time content  
Formats Any new format
Sites that require login Blackboard
Membership sites
Sites that require that forms be filled out Sites offering travel directions, job hunting sites
New content Any new websites or content newly added to an existing website
Sites with a no-index protocol Private websites
Social networking sites Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.

Updated August 2013

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