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About Searching The Web
Richard A. Lawhern, Quick Search the Internet (guide to net-search resources written for VoS by a former professional data "miner"; Dr. Lawhern is also available by email to help beginners learn the Internet medium)
"Giving Something Back" Search Help (Richard "Red" Lawhern's page with resources to assist in using the net as an information source)
Homepage of "Red" Lawhern's Internet Search Help 
Finding People On Line and Off 
Personalized Search Help (ask an expert)
Guide to Searching the Internet (info on net searching; includes forms for submitting requests to multiple search engines) (Anadas Software & Internet Development)
Internet Searching Services (annotated guide to major search engines and indexes) (Palimpsest / Western Civilization)
Search Engine Watch (authoritative, deep resource on search engine submission tips, web searching tips, search engine ratings and reviews, and other related resources; designed as a guide both for users and Web professionals) (Danny Sullivan)
Understanding and Comparing Web Search Tools (Karen Campbell / Bush Library, Hamline U.)
Web Robots Database (info and resources related to automated Web searchers, including info on how to exclude robots from your site) (Martijn Koster)
Announcement Services For New Web Sites
Comp.Infosystems.Www.* Newsgroups
comp.infosystems.www.announce Archive (c.i.w.a is the main Usenet forum for announcing new Web pages; this archive of the newsgroup includes a search form) (Gerald Oskoboiny)
Recently Announced WWW Sites (gigantic archive of links mentioned in comp.infosystems.www.announce and related newsgroups) (Doc Dick Botting, Calif. State Univ., San Bernardino)
Net-Happenings (searchable HTML archive of the Net-Happenings list; includes form for submitting announcement of net resources to the list)
What's New Too! (Manifest Information Services)
"Best" Web Site Lists & Reviews
100Hot Sites (weekly ranked list of most frequently visited sites on the Web, excluding many academic sites) (Web21, Inc.)
Global Information Infrastructure U.S. Awards (to recognize "innovation and excellence in use of the 'Information Highway' ")
Internet Rank Engine ("the most popular, best quality web sites . . . relevant to your query")
JumpCity: The Best of the Web 
Links2Go (a portal or meta-page that uses machine-learning and intelligent-agent technology to generate a selective list of links "most representative" of each of thousands of topics)
Linkstar Top Sites (HotOffice Technologies, Inc.)
Lycos Top 5% 
Platinum 100 -- The Best Sites (Kevin Struck)
Point Communications Top Sites (metapage that rates pages on the Web according to various categories)
Suite101.com (Web directory that includes editorial columns/articles on specific areas and descriptions of editorially-chosen "best" pages) (i5ive communications, Inc.)
Tom Vassos' Web Diamonds (Brand X Internet Services, Inc.)
WWW Associates Top 10 Sites 
Your Personal Net (Wolff New Media LLC.)
Major Commercial Web Search Engines & Indexes
Alta Vista
Homepage (major search engine) (AltaVista, Inc.)
Additional Feature: AltaVista's Automated Translation Service (Supply a URL and the site will return a machine-translation of all text on the target-page from French, German, Italian, Portuguese, or Spanish to English, or vice versa; will also directly translate any text you supply. Results are adequate only
Ditto (search engine that specializes in finding images by keyphrase or by category; advanced option allows for searching by image type, file size, color depth, and picture dimension; results include details about images) (Ditto.com)
Homepage (Excite, Inc.)
ExciteSeeing Tours ("tours" of online resources guided by Excite staff plus some guest-authorities or -celebrities)
FAST Search (a parallel-architecture based search engine that aims to exceed the coverage of other major search engines; has announced plans "to catalog the entire Internet and then to keep up with the growth of the Web from that point forward") (
Google (the new-generation fast engine that became popular in 1999-2000; features high relevancy of results and an interface designed for speed; ranks a result based on how many other pages on the Web link to it) (Google, Inc.)
HotBot (especially known for its simple interface to customized searching) (Wired Digital, Inc.)
InfoSeek (Infoseek Corp.)
LookSmart (Reader's Digest, Inc.)
Homepage (Lycos, Inc.)
Lycos Top 5% 
Magellan Guide (McKinley Group, Inc., a subsidiary of Excite, Inc..)
Northern Light (includes a supplemental database of proprietary resources accessible for a fee) (Northern Light Technology LLC)
Raging Search (a new-generation search engine introduced by AltaVista in 2000 to compete with Google; features fast engine with minimal graphics and new ranking algorithms) (AltaVista, Inc.)
Webcrawler (Excite, Inc.)
Yahoo (the best-known general-purpose index or "portal" to Web resources; not a search engine per se) (Yahoo! Inc.)
Multi-Search Sites (For Querying Multiple Search Engines)
All-in-One Search Page (100+ Internet search engines) (William Cross)
CUSI Multiple Web Search Indexes 
Cyber 411 (Cyber Networks, Inc.)
Dogpile: A Multi-Engine Search Tool (Siprelle & Associates)
Guide to Searching the Internet (Anadas Software & Internet Development)
Highway 61 (The Virtual Mirror)
The Internet Sleuth (Internet Business Connection)
LincOn! (portal site; "the largest collection of search utilities on the Internet and the only site that uses icon's and logo's as its guide to Websites") (David F. Broer, LincOn.com Inc.)
MetaCrawler (go2net, Inc.)
Needle in a Cyberstack: The InfoFinder (John Albee)
SavvySearch (Daniel Dreilinger)
W3 Search Engines (U. Geneva)
Other Web Search Engines & Indexes
Aliweb (Nexor, Ltd.)
Badger SoftWerks Reference Desk (Badger SoftWerks)
CollegeSurfer.com ("the search engine for college students")
CyberDewey (David A. Mundie)
Encyberpedia: A Living Encyclopedia (Monte Cristo Network)
Find-It! (iTools)
Galaxy (TradeWave Corp.)
Green Eggs Report (a powerful way to search a topical or social "context" on the web for relevant sites; this is the front end of an automated URL collector that picks up URLs mentioned on Usenet newsgroups; choose a newsgroup and see a live page of the l
OpenText (search form is at bottom of page; has become a business-centered search site) (Open Text Corp.)
Reference.com (InReference, Inc.)
Starting Point (Starting Point L.L.C.)
Search For Personal Home Pages
Ahoy! The Homepage Finder (Jonathan Shakes, Marc Langheinrich, Oren Etzioni)
Search! Personal Home Pages (Farfan)
Search For Web Discussion Forums
Forum One 
Reference.com (InReference, Inc.)

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