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Search Engines

Your research is only as good as your search - Webmaster


Search Engines continue to evolve and are updated with new features and capabilities. While it is important for a search engine to be up to date on as many Internet addresses as possible, it is equally important that the information it retrieves for you is "gleaned" out of the maze of information on the Internet. To have a search engine find 37,152 sites that are similar to your search request . . . with 2,071 being potentially matched for your review . . . can be overwhelming. But if the search engine you have selected hits the top ten on its first download, you may not need to look at the other 2,061 sites. And in the process, you may have found the search engine that works for you most of the time.

Some search engines will come up with categories before showing you specific sites. For example, if you type in "jobs," it may come up with different categories of jobs--engineering, marketing, sales, etc. Clicking on the category will reveal related sites that have registered their internet address with the search engine.

Here are a few sample classic engines that are still being used along with some news ones. However, see our note after this list where we provide links for over 40 Job Search Engines and dozens of other search engines available on the Web linked from our homepage:


Meta-Search Engines:


AlltheWeb claims . . . to be one of the largest and freshest indices with the most powerful search features that allow anyone to find anything faster than with any other search engine. (A Yahoo Brand.) -


(Owned by Yahoo)

The largest collection of family history records on the Web. -

A leading search engine on the Web, combines world-class search technology with one-of-a-kind search tools to help people get what they are looking for faster. -


Search engine from the folks who can afford it, Microsoft. Microsoft in its ads claim bing does more than search, it informs. There is no About Us, so good luck when you "bing." -


BananaSlug was designed to promote serendipitous surfing: finding the unexpected in the 4,285,199,774 web pages indexed by Google. Directed Google searches return pages most relevant to your search term, based on the pages' popularity on the Web. You may never see some of the pages way down the list that are relevant or interesting, but off the beaten path. So Bananaslug gives you a little boost. They "seed" your search with another word, chosen at random, and this accidental encounter results in pages you may have overlooked. -

CapeMail - Discontinued


DirectHit keyword search includes the proprietary Related Search feature that enhances search discovery in all modes. DirectHit also provides a focused Shopping search experience that helps users to find the best pricing on popular items, and also to locate those difficult to find products. -


Save time with this meta-search engine that searches other search engines -


Excite not only searches sites but provides actual website reviews posted by journalists. Excite also covers Newsgroups including the classified section of ads. Here you can find jobs and other related information. When you find an exact match on Excite, Excite allows you to Query-by-Example--that is find other sites similar to the one that was just downloaded to your computer.

Find Articles is a vast archive of published articles that you can search for free. Constantly updated, it contains articles dating back to 1998 from more than 300 magazines and journals -


Serving close to ten-million queries per day, Gigablast is the leading clean-energy search engine. 90% of its power usage comes from wind energy. -

Google Search Engines:

Froogle Google - Find anything for sale on the Web -

Giga Alert - Google Alert is the web's leading automated search and web intelligence solution. It lets you stay ahead of new information by running daily personalized Google searches for you and emailing you any new results that appear. Many people use Google Alert to keep track of what the web is saying about them, their interests, or projects they are involved in. Google Alert tracks new content across the entire web by monitoring billions of web pages indexed by Google on a regular basis. This gives it far greater reach and breadth than news alert services that are limited to tracking only news sites. -

Google - Basic Google - like shopping in the supermarket's generic isle -

Google Answers - Discontinued

Google Business Directory - (Same As Google Maps)

Google Catalogs - Discontinued

Google Toolbar - Allows your computer, when idle, to work on complex problems being resolved at Stanford University -

Google Directory - Discontinued

Google Earth - "Want to know more about a specific location? Dive right in -- Google Earth combines satellite imagery, maps and the power of Google Search to put the world's geographic information at your fingertips." -

Google Images - Visit the search engine's isle for image searches -

Google Groups - Discontinued

Google Language Tools - Search by language or by languages in 85 countries in this special isle -

Google News - Today's news sorted by categories -

Google Searches - Special search by U.S. Government / Linux / BSD / Apple / Microsoft -

Google Talk - Google Talk enables you to call or send instant messages to your friends for free–anytime, anywhere in the world. Google Talk is in beta mode as of 8/05 and will require a Gmail username and password. -

Googles University Web Home Page - Discontinued

Google Web APIs - Web developers are encouraged to develop their own apps -


HotBot will allow you to search not only on words but on phrases. In addition, it allows you to refine your search using a modify button, indicating that the search MUST, SHOULD or MUST NOT contain certain terms. Hotbots's search is also sensitive to updated sites--allowing searches to eliminate sites that have not changed over a certain period of time.


Bill Gross started Idealab in 1996 to create and operate pioneering technology companies. The structure of Idealab has allowed us to test many ideas at once and turn the best of them into companies, attracting the human and financial capital necessary to bring them to market. - See more at: . -


Ixquick search results are more comprehensive and more accurate than other search engines. Ixquick's unique capabilities include an Advanced Search, a global search and power refinement. Find phone numbers and addresses worldwide with Ixquick's International Phone Directory, or search through 18 million hours of video fun with Ixquick's Video search. When you search with Ixquick search engine, you are searching many popular search engines simultaneously and anonymously. Combined, these engines cover more of the Internet than any one search engine alone. -


Provides users with highly relevant search results, while delivering targeted sales leads to online businesses. (If you're on business, check it out.) -

Lycos (classic engine)

An older but excellent search engine, covers a broad range of web sites in which its creator claims to be 75% of the web. Its Advanced search mode can narrow your search to an exact or almost exact match of your typed-in search words.


Copernic Inc. offers the freedom of access to personal files and digital media, from virtually anywhere, all the time with revolutionary new products. -


The original job search engine.


Microsoft's ISP, sponsor of the bing Search Engine. Copernic Inc. offers the freedom of access to personal files and digital media, from virtually anywhere, all the time with revolutionary new products. -


Reverse phone search -

Students have turned the tables on their professors at (, the Internet's largest listing of college professor ratings. The free website offers a public review (and sometimes a public flogging) of university professors from across the United States and Canada. Online since 1999, and now contains over 200,000 ratings for professors from 1,700 schools, with hundreds of new ratings added each day. - (Note: Rate my Professor may be down) is produced by Lexico Publishing Group, LLC, a leading provider of language reference products and services on the Internet. -

Reverse Phone Directory

More search stuff -


More search stuff - StartPage, and its sister search engine Ixquick, are the only third-party certified search engines in the world that do not record your IP address or track your searches. StartPage has been registered with the Dutch Data Protection Authority (CBP) under number M 1346973. This Authority supervises the fair and lawful use and security of your personal data, to ensure your privacy today and in the future. -

Switchboard - Discontinued


Traffick says it has been minding the search engines' business since 1999, when their publication began chronicling adventures in portaldom, as search engines and web directories evolved into vertical destination sites with every feature but the kitchen sink. Now, they say they are charting the rise of search engines with a special eye toward the business angle and how search engine marketing is changing how everything and anything is sold and promoted on the Web.-

Trimble Sketchup

SketchUp is software that can create, modify and share 3D models. It's easier to learn than other 3D modeling programs. SketchUp is designed with simplified toolset, guided drawing system, and clean look-and-feel to get projects done as efficiently as possible while having fun doing it. (Check note on site for Vista users.) -

Webcrawler (classic engine)

Webcrawler, one of the earlier search engines, makes available a full menu of terms that allow you to instruct its engine on how to proceed with the search. Besides the usual Boolean options of AND, OR and NOT, Webcrawler allows you to specify how many words can come between two words you typed in for the search by allowing you to add the word NEAR/(# of words). This allows you to search for areas that might be discussed in a variety of ways.


"Located in Sunnyvale, California, Yahoo! Inc. offers a branded internet navigational service that is among the most widely-used guides to information and discovery on the World Wide Web. Yahoo! provides a context-based directory structure for Web resources, as well as a Web-wide search engine that is seamlessly integrated with the Yahoo! directory service.



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