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  • Google: Currently they search 1.3 billion web pages.
  • Yahoo: is the most "friendly" and popular index on the InterNet, where "you'll find hundreds of thousands of web sites, categorized into 14 top-level categories, from Arts and Humanities to Society and Culture."

Tools for

  • ithaki: is a meta tool that "searches: Dmoz Kids, Yahooligans, FactMonster, ArtKidsRule, AolKids, AppuKids, and Discovery School."
  • Search Engines for Kids: Search tools designed for kids.
  • Yahooligans: was designed just for kids.

Text Searching

  • Ask Jeeves: is "the first natural language search service--with a massive Knowledgebase of 6 million answers to the most popular questions asked online.... allowing anyone to ask a question in plain, simple English without having to use keywords or Boolean search strings."
  • Encyclopedia.Com: contains more than 14,000 articles from the Concise Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia.   The free reports are brief, about one paragraph, but useful for checking facts, and they provide 170,000 links to related WWW sites.
  • Web Search: has a clean interface, and is highly rated.

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  • Alta Vista Categories: provides subjects into 14 categories.
  • BUBL: Information Service: Search using either the: Dewey,   Subject,  or  Expanded Subject lists to access more than 1300 subject terms, with at least five relevant resources for each subject.
  • Digital Librarian: has managed to classify worthy sites on the InterNet into 93 categories.
  • LookSmart: uses 10 major (60+ minor) categories.
  • Lycos: uses 14 major categories. Also contains brief news.
  • Re: QUEST dot net: "is an online library of internet and reference resources offering links" in 19 top level categories.


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  • 37.com: Type once, get results from up to 37 search engines!
  • byteSearch: "requests information from each major search engine...stores the results, formats them, removes duplicates, and prints them out in an easily managable form." Fast.
  • Debriefing: is easy to use, eliminates duplicates, and is powered by ixquick.
  • Dogpile: You can also search Usenet, or for weather, stock, and business news.
  • HuskySearch: at the University of Washington has Java and three speed search options.
  • ithaki: "the most powerful and innovative metasearch engine."
  • Ixquick: "Ixquick features a nifty star rating system for reporting results...the more likely it appears in the top ten list of major search engines.
  • Mamma: is a "smart" meta search engine that will analyze your request, format the words for each source, organizes the results into a uniform format, and then presents them by relevance and source.
  • MetaCrawler: Go2Net acquired MetaCrawler in 1997.   Business oriented.
  • ProFusion: Provides user options and artificial intelligence technology to extracts information before prioritizing the results eliminating duplicates.
  • Proteus: provides guide boxes for delimiting searching by phrase or URL, etc. for 8 popular engines.
  • Search.com was Savvy Search, now owned by CNET.
  • SearchHound: offers default child safe searches and optional parallel searching using 24 other search engines providing results in the five categories of Websites | Software | Stocks | People | News.
  • Seek123: provides meta search and a wide variety of links.
  • TheBigHub: formerly iSleuth, permits searching multiple engines, Web directories and news databases simultaneously.


  • Direct Hit: seeks to build the world's most accurate search engine.
  • Encyclopedia Britannica: search "the world's best Web sites, plus related books, selections from leading magazines. Pop up advertisments."
  • Fast: "offers a powerful platform of search and filter technologies, including the world's most comprehensive and freshest search engine.
  • xrefer: the web's first reference engine, using unique cross-referencing.

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  • AEIWI: A "list of the 100 most used keywords" with the number of pages that contain the keyword.
  • Documents Center: is the University of Michigan's guide to a wide variety of topics and documents.
  • Internets: has "assembled the largest filtered collection of useful search engines and newswires anywhere on the World Wide Web."
  • Librarians' Index to the InterNet: is the University of California at Berkeley's thorough image of the InterNet.  This subject list is perhaps the most comprehensive on the InterNet.
  • My Virtual Reference Desk: "has three goals: (1) fast access, (2) intuitive and easy navigation and (3) comprehensive content, rationally indexed.
  • Tile.Net: is the comprehensive index site for discussion lists, ftp sites, Usenet newsgroups, venders, etc. Provides for text search too.
  • WWW Virtual Library: "The VL is the oldest catalog of the web, started by Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of the web itself..."


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  • AllSearchEngines.com groups search engines into 28 categories.
  • AskJack slightly dated, but offers a variety of links to news, search engines, etc.
  • Beaucoup: links to approximately 800 categorized search tools, such as media, geographically specific, software, literature, education, music, arts, etc.
  • Explore the InterNet: A nice search engine list from Amdahl.
  • FinderSeeker: permits searching for search engines, by category and country.  Fast.
  • Metabrowsers: provide new ways to view the Web using one window (e.g., Quickbrowse).
  • Pioneer: an annotated list of the most important search tools.
  • SearchEzee: Searches over 200 search engines, meta search engines, directories and topical sites in an easy to use interface.
  • Search Engines Worldwide: literally opens the world of search to anyone.
  • webtaxi.com: is a "breakthrough navigation service designed to help Internet users conveniently search the World Wide Web."


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  • Alta Vista: provides a powerful search through its entire "Web index -- approximately 200 Gigabytes of data -- in less than a second."   But you need to understand how to use this tool.
  • Deep Web provides access to databases: beta Profusion,  Complete Planet,  Direct Search,  InvisibleWeb,  Lycos.
  • HotBot: "indexes every word, link, and media file on more than 110 million Web documents and refreshes its entire database of documents every three to four weeks."
  • Northern Light: presents the 25 strongest hits using your search term(s).  What makes Northern Light different is that, much like Metafind and Inference Find, it also clusters the results of its hits into "Custom Search Folders."
  • Teoma provides three kinds of searches including "expert's links."

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  • Argus Clearinghouse: evaluates 13 categories of sites according to five criteria, and then provides one to five check marks for each site it lists.
  • Awesome Library "provides only resources that have been reviewed and found to be of high quality."
  • Scout Report Signpost: is compiled by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and is funded by the National Science Foundation.   Signpost contains more than 11,500 reports catalogued using the Library of Congress classification.
  • World's Best Websites: Gives awards to "exemplary sites that redefine standards of website excellence.  The criteria employed are among the most rigorous on the Internet."

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  • About.com has approximately 700 guides and 28 top level categories.   Was originally called the Mining Company which led the revolution to volunteer guides.
  • Allexperts.com: "features thousands of volunteers in medicine, arts, TV, sports, music, travel, humanities, love, education, business, religion, etc.," where you can ask a question.
  • 4anything.com: uses editors and advertising to construct 14 category sites, such as 4autoinsurance.com, 4baseball.com, and more than 550 city sites such as newyork.com.
  • Focused Portals: For: Communications,   Free Stuff,   Information Technology,   Jobs,   Libraries,   Programmers,   U.S. Government,   Zoos.
  • NerdWorld: All sites in the search and subject index are submitted and then reviewed and organized into one of 10,000 categories.   Provides a numerical score, and then clusters its findings.
  • Open Directory Project: uses human editors to compile a thorough and organized set of categories of links.   Their "goal is to produce the most comprehensive directory of the web."
  • Netscape Search has 15 categories that "relies on real people rather than automated web crawlers to find and categorize web sites."
  • Suite101.com: uses "Contributing Editors who have published more than 13,000 online articles on topics ranging from politics to pets to gardening," etc. in 11 categories.

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