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Search Engines

Search Engines are huge machine-compiled databases created by robots, or "spiders" crawling the Web from site to site and electronically building huge indexes of Web pages.


Google Search Engine

One of the largest and most intuitive search engines on the Web. Returns standard Web pages, as well as PDF, DOC, and many other file types. It's our first choice for Web searching!

Google Scholar

Google Scholar finds articles from a wide variety of academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories and universities, as well as scholarly articles available across the web.

Dogpile Metasearcher

A metasearcher that searches the indexed databases of other search engines and subject directories. One of the most popular metasearchers on the Web.

Gigablast Search Engine

A newer, leaner search engine with very nice features.

MSN Search Engine

Currently recognized as one of the major search engines on the Web; strong search features.

Teoma Search Engine

Offers a new approach to displaying search results by putting them into subject categories or sub-divisions called Web communities.

Vivisimo Metasearcher

A metasearcher that presents its results in subject groupings by sub-categories. Vivisimo doesn't search Google, but it does search MSN.

Yahoo! Search Engine

A major player in the search engine game, Yahoo! has purchased other older engines (e.g., AlltheWeb and Alta Vista) and substituted its new search technology for theirs.

Subject Directories

Subject Directories are much smaller than search engines. They are compiled by human editors who select pages for inclusion on the basis of pre-determined criteria. Subject directories are organized and searched by subject category.

Yahoo! Directory

A subject directory that can be browsed by category or searched directly. Heavy commercial emphasis but good for popular and general searches.

SearchEdu

A specialized subject directory that limits its searching to recommended web sites in the higher education (.edu) domain.

Scirus

A specialized subject directory, created by Elsevier Science, designed to search for scientific content across many disciplines. Searches both scientific Web sites and various databases.

Voice of the Shuttle

A specialized subject directory for humanities research. Includes a substantial listing of freely available humanities resources on the Web from Anthropology to Women's Studies.

Infomine

A specialized subject directory collection of reviewed Internet and Web resources at the University level.

World Wide Web: Virtual Library

Oldest catalog on the Web and widely recognized as being among the highest-quality guides to particular sections of the Web. Run by a loose confederation of expert, subject-specialist volunteers from around the world.

Virtual Reference Shelf

A database of freely available basic reference resources, compiled by the Library of Congress.

Librarians' Index to the Internet

A specialized subject directory, with annotations, that points to recommended web sites across the board that have been previously evaluated before inclusion.

Last modified Tuesday January 17, 2006

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