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Guide to Search Engines

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Subject Dirctories

Yahoo! is the largest subject directory on the Internet and is an excellent site for finding topics that appeal to the general public.

If you can't find it at Yahoo!, try Looksmart - another great directory for locating popular sites.

The Argus Clearinghouse reviews and rates top websites in a variety of academic areas.

At, you'll find a directory with a twist. Each topic area has an assigned "Guide" responsible for writing articles and organizing links on the topic.

Three other useful directories for scholarly research are the...

Librarian index to the internet:
The Internet Public Library:
Virtual Library:

Search Engines

AltaVista ...good place to start for looking for images


Northern Light


FAST Search

Google (at is by far the best search engine for most searches. An article in a March edition of Salon magazine ( ) explains Google's relationship with the Open Directory Project (mentioned above) and why Google is such an effective search engine:

On July 5th, Yahoo! announced a partnership with Google, making it the deault search engine for the internet's most popular site. See the article at for details.


MetaSearch Engines

Dogpile searches 14 search engines and subject directories as well as newsgroups, business news, and newswires. Dogpile supports full Boolean logic and phrase searching.

C4 displays results from 16 search engines, subject directories, and specialty databases. Use full Boolean logic and phrase searching.

At MetaCrawler, submit queries to 9 search engines and subject directories. Use implied Boolean logic (+/-) and phrase searching.

ProFusion searches 9 engines and subject directories. ProFusion allows full Boolean logic, but operators (AND, OR, AND NOT) must be in ALL CAPS. Change the Search mode drop-down menu to Boolean.

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