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Search Engines & Directories

  • – Site has several hundred annotated guides to areas of interest on the internet. Each is maintained by a human “guide” with subject area expertise. Each directory is maintained by a different person, but the same design templates and server are used to handle them all.
  • Academic Info – Searchable subject directory of internet resources selected for the college and university community. Each guide is an annotated listing of the best general Internet sites in the field, as well as a gateway to specialized and advanced research tools.
  • All the Web – One of the largest search engine databases.
  • Best Search Tools Page – From the InFoPeople Project, this page has search forms for some of the best subject directories, search engines, and meta search engines.
  • Altavista
  • Digital Librarian: A Librarian’s Choice of the Best of the Web – Directory of online resources, organized by topic, and maintained by a librarian. Most of the links are briefly annotated. The “see” and “see also” markers are of particular assistance. Simplicity of the page makes it load quickly. A good starting place for academic Web researchers.
  • Dogpile
  • Excite
  • Google – One of the most popular search engines.
  • HotBot
  • Go
  • INFOMINE: Scholarly Internet Resource Collections – Over 20,000 searchable and well-selected links to scholarly resources on the Internet. Maintained by California university librarians.
  • Internet Public Library – A public service of the University of Michigan School of Information. Offers links to many information sources, including over 20,000 books.
  • Lycos
  • Mamma
  • Metacrawler
  • Northern Light
  • Search Systems
  • Teoma
  • Yahoo
  • Infopeople Recommended/Best Search Tools
  • Specialty Search Engines – Specialty search engines, also called “topical” or “vertical” search engines, or “vortals”, help you to search through specific types of listings in different areas.