Search Engines for Your Use

(m) = metasearch sites (searches many at once) (info) = more specific info on this search engine
(ai) = artificial intelligence (you can ask via sentences) format (ch) = recommended for use with younger children
(g) = one of the big six described in the excellent book by Alfred and Emily Glosssbrenner titled Search Engines for the World Wide Web; a wonderful factoid from this book (page 11) is that of the 320 million web pages in 4/98, the search engines of hotbot, altavista, excite indexed only 34%, 28%, 14% respectively!

Tips and Tricks that work with most search engines
(1) Use leading caps for proper nouns, e.g. Larry Bird
(2) Use double quotes around phrases or to create a phrase, e.g. "point guard"
(3) Use + in front of required words, e.g. +Celtics +basketball
(4) Use - in front of words to be excluded, e.g. +Celtics -Ireland

1blink(m) Lycos(info) (g)
About (formerly Mining Co.) Lycos Pro
AltaVista(info) (ai) (g) Lycos for Kids(info) (ch)
Ask Jeeves(ai) Magellan(info)
Ask Jeeves for Kids(ch) Metacrawler(m)
Clearinghouse(info) OpenText(info)
DejaNews for discussion groups Point(info)
Dogpile(m) Profusion(m)
Excite(info) (g) Scour.Net for music and video clips
Galaxy(info) Search(info)
Google Searchopolis (ch)
Hotbot(info) (g) Sleuth
Inference(m)(ai) Thunderstone makes Webinator
InfoSeek(info) (g) WebCrawler
Inktomi(info) Yahoo(info) (g)
KnowX for public records Yahooligans(ch)

A Few Special Sites that might Interest you

Shop Until You Drop

Read Until You Drop

Alta Vista allows you to search in a specific foreign language and has a wonderful refine feature. Use double quotes for phrases, + sign to insist on that word, - sign to exclude, * as wildcard characters. Use title: or host: or domain: to do a field search of just titles, just web site or just type of domain including country. Use image: or link: for graphics or embedded hypertext links to a specific page.
The Clearinghouse for Subject-Oriented Resource Guides provides access to hundreds of links pages with an emphasis on academic subjects. Like Yahoo, this is a selective collection of topical guides.
Excite is described in the Glossbrenner book as being a concept-based system so that exact keyword are not needed; Excite works with related ideas and concepts to your keywords. Excite allows AND, OR, NOT as well as + and - but has no wildcard character and allows no field search.The News Channel and Travel Channel are described as excellent by the Glossbrenners.
EINet Galaxy is for health care professional, social scientists and scientists.
Hotbot by the makers of Wired magazine is described in the Glossbrenner book as being one of the fastest search engine. It also came out first in terms of indexing the highest percentage of web sites (34%). You can refine searches, specify media types, use + for required or - for excluded. You can use AND and select Boolean phrase or just choose "all the words" from the menu. You can search fields (e.g. title: xxx or linkdomain:
InfoSeek is one of the most precise search engines of over 400,000 documents. It contains category matching (like Yahoo) plus allows searching the web, newsgroups, and yellow pages (for people searching). You cannot use common Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT, NEAR) but can do "set searching" narrowing the focus after getting a number of hits. You can do field searching, e.g. link: and can use + for require - for exclude and double quotes for phrases.

Inktomi is a new search engine in 1996, faster than Yahoo with more links

Lycos is a search engine formerly at Carnegie Mellon University that indexes over 2 million documents by building a database of URLs and the first few lines of description from each Web page. You can restrict your search to sub-categories such as PICTURES or SOUNDS. The word Lycos comes from the Latin for "wolf spider." Lycos includes several easy ways to search by categories and people. According to the Glossbrenner book, "one of the best reasons to use Lycos is to access its ratings and reviews of exceptional web sites."

Magellan includes ratings of the Web sites it indexes. You can restrict your search to GREEN LIGHT SITES (children-friendly) or reviewed sites.
OpenText searches through the entire text of each document. It contains easy buttons for searching on any or all of the words you want.
Point is divided into subject categories and awards "Top 5% of the Web" -- easy buttons allow you to access road maps, yellow pages, people find and city guide. lets you access all of the search engines for the web. Suggested by Peter Sullivan '98, he writes that it will also tell you what search engines will access whatever topic you want to find out about. You should take a look at it ... Thanks, Pete!

Internet Sleuth lets you search from over 2,000 databases including specific newspapers. Some people find the number of choices too confusing.
WebCrawler is one fine search engine that like Lycos wanders around the Web anonymously indexing entire Web documents into a large database. Easy buttons let you search maps, stock quotes, newsgroups, horoscopes and weather.
Yahoo is not really a traditional search engine. It compiles items into separates lists (e.g. a SUBJECT INDEX in a library). It was designed by David Filo and Jerry Yang at Stanford University. It contains easy to use features for people-searching, getting maps of local streets and directions between point A and point B.

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