You’ve run into this problem: you search for something on the supposedly all-powerful Google search, click the link, but it’s dead. Nothing’s there. Not even a speck of information.
But Google said there was!
I ran into this exact problem for an assignment this week. We were supposed to use the Disordered Protein database DisProt and use the PONDR-FIT algorithm to find a protein that is predicted to be disordered, but is not in the DisProt database. However, the DisProt servers went down as of noon yesterday. With the assignment due today, what are we to do? Well, the due date was pushed back but I figured out how to search Disprot even though it was down, and learned a bit about Google’s internet caching (aka their plan to save all the knowledge ever publicly posted to the web.) in the process.
Below is an example:
But what if you need to validate negative results, as we did for our assignment? Use “Verbatim” mode, which will stop auto-correcting your spelling to get you more result hits.
Without “Verbatim” mode, my “disprot oct4” query gets mangled to “disport oct4” and I get lyrics for some weird band I’ve never heard of.
To turn on “Verbatim” mode:
A visual tutorial is here:
With “Verbatim” mode on, I get totally weird results which means that “oct4” is indeed nowhere to be found on DisProt!
Someone may have removed content from the internet for a reason such as copyright infringement. Please respect the owner of the intellectual property and do not use this method to crawl for copyrighted data.