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SEARCH ENGINES

Search engines seek to bring order to the complex array of resources on the Internet. There are too many sites for any engine to list or catalog all. The first four sites offer advice and differentiation on the major search engines. The next nine are search engines, with advantages as noted. Then follows a description of the weaknesses and limitatons of search engines. The final three sites are for sites that simultaneously use multiple search engines. Try several in order to find which work best for you.

HOW TO CHOOSE AND USE SEARCH ENGINES
Good, general and brief advice
SEARCH HELPER
Search tips and helps for Net "newbies"
SEARCH ENGINES AND SEARCH STRATEGIES
Advice with all the major search links on one page
INTRODUCTION TO SEARCH ENGINES
Links to reviews, the engines themselves, and brief comparisons, from the Kansas City Public Library--A Great Site!
GOOGLE
The most flexible and prolific according to most ratings.
YAHOO!
Most popular and good to include
ALTA VISTA
One of fastest and most comprehensive engines, linked to Yahoo!
NORTHERN LIGHT
Probably the fastest and widest ranging
LYCOS
Quite comprehensive, begun at Carnegie Mellon University
MAGELLAN
Great for broad searches, narrowing topic down
WEB CRAWLER
Easy to use--detailed education listings
EXCITE
Fast and comprehensive
INFOSEEK
Has extremely large database and new "ESP" advanced search tools
HOTBOT
Can index and search every word on the Web! Complex searches are enabled.
SEARCH ENGINES SUCK
What the drawbacks are and how to bypass them
DOGPILE
Cute, easy, and VERY productive in simultaneously searching over 20 engines!
METAFIND
Fast and comprehensive multiple engine searches
SAVVY SEARCH
The original multi-engine searcher, also can blend results
KNOWLEDGE ADVENTURE ENCYCLOPEDIA
Topical Search resource for K-9--great Homework Helper, too!

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