Web Search Engine FAQs
Gary Price put this excellent resource together
Finding information on the Internet can be done in basically
2 ways. You can either start at a particular site and follow the
links provided for you, or you can utilize a search engine. See
my Springboards if you like browsing.
The most important thing to remember if you are searching for
something is not to limit yourself to one search engine or database.
Each engine searches and indexes different sites to build its
index. Most search engines search only World Wide Web sites, and
then only HTML files. There are other formats becoming popular,
for example PDF from Adobe.
An engine which does index these types of documents
is the AT1 database from PLS.
Secondly, don't forget about the "rest of the Internet"
- Usenet newsgroups, and mailing lists. There is
a wealth of information contained in these other resources.
Here is a link with some
advice on using various search engines. Also, you might want
to check out Search Engine
Watch for more information.
Searching the Internet is
a site that offers tutorials and tips on searching.
Below you will find first a list of "collections".
Some of these are multi-engine resources, which can send your
query to more than one engine. Others are handy collections of
lots of engines in one spot - sort of a one-stop-search. Still
others search only a specific topic or region.
At the bottom of this page you will
find links that will take you to engines / databases specific
to various "parts" of the Internet (WWW, mailing lists,
Collections / Specialty / Topical Engines
- A1 DigiSearch
- Airport Search Engine
Billing itself as a portal of vortals (vertical portals), the site offers multi-language searches.
- Bam! - Australian search engine
Searches forums and bulletin boards *not newsgroups*.
"Deep Web sources store their content in searchable databases that only produce results dynamically in response to a direct request."
Configurable Unified Search Interface
- Dan's No Overhead Search Thingy
A small collection of some popular engines, with a USPS item tracker, PGP key search
from MIT, and REI search thrown in.
- Environmental Organization Webdirectory
Search engine for environmental resources
Quick and easy to use directory.
- Google Groups
Usenet newsgroup archives from 1995.
- Google Image Search
Over 150 million images indexed.
- HealthAtoZ - Medical search engine
News, sports, directories, games, home & family, shopping, travel, research, ..
- Human Rights Metasearch Engine
- Internet Directory of Publications
- Internet Research Tools
- The InvisibleWeb
Metasite of directories, databases, search engines.
- Ixquick Metasearch
Search web, news, MP3, and pictures.
Indexes fourteen search engines and directories.
Support for English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, and Portuguese.
- Japanese Search Engines
Includes WWW, Gopher, and Archie
- The Law Engine
Metasite for law / legal research.
Several engines and directory search forms in one spot
Search engine for magazine articles.
- Medical World Search
Searches AltaVista, Google, Lycos, Alltheweb, and Yahoo
Quick and uncluttered - nice.
- Mother of Search Engines Worldwide
- News Index
- Newspaper archives
- Noah - Animal search engine
Law, medical and realty search engines.
- RichMedia Search Engine from Lycos
Search for pictures, movies, streams, sounds.
Scientific search engine developed by Elsevier.
Internet Multimedia guide / search
- Search Engine Colossus
An International Directory of Search Engines featuring links to over 1400
search engines from 135 countries around the world!
Claims to be a collection of common searches
How to search the World Wide Web
- Specialized Directories & Search Engines
A meta-site of unique and hard-to-find engines.
- Video Addict Collectors Search Engines
Several engines in one location
- Vietnam Veterans' Memorial Wall
Agricultural search engine.
- WebPlaces Internet Search Guide
- Web Search Alliance Directory
Over 3,000 specialist search engines and topical guides.
- WWW Search Forms
25 search forms in one spot
Choose the link below that you wish to search ...