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Internet Search Engines

Standard Search Engines | Directory Search Engines | Meta Search Engines
Searching for Search Engines | Other Useful Directories/Search Engines

Our Top 4 Recommended Search Engines:

  1. Google
  2. Yahoo
  3. Ask

This is not an exhaustive list of search engines that are available on the web. To find other useful search engines, look through the listings found under the category "Searching for Search Engines".

Standard Search Engines

A standard search engine contains an index which is created using computer programs which are commonly known as robots (bots), harvesters, worms or spiders.

  • Ask
  • Google
  • HotBot
  • Lycos
  • Yahoo

Directory Search Engines

Directory search engines contain an index (subject directory) which is created by using human intervention rather than by relying on computer programming or Robots.  LookSmart, Open Directory and Yahoo are examples of directory search engines.

Meta Search Engines

A meta search engine allows the user to query more than one search engine or subject directory at one time. DogPile, and Surfwax are Meta Search Engines.

  • Dogpile
  • Kartoo
  • Mamma
  • SurfWax

Searching for Search Engines

Want to find a search engine not listed on one of our pages?  You can search for the URL of search engines worldwide using Search Engine Colossus.

Other Useful Directories/Search Engines

These are directories or search engines identified by Oboler Library staff as useful in finding information on the web.  These sites have been developed by professional organizations or educational institutions.

The Internet Public Library http://www.ipl.org/
"Our mission directs us to serve the public by finding, evaluating, selecting, organizing, describing, and creating quality information resources." Thousands of Internet resources are included in the IPL collections. "Each item in the IPL collections has been carefully selected, cataloged and described by a member of the IPL staff. This means that you can be assured of the quality of the resources that you will find within the IPL" -Internet Public Library

Scout Report Archives http://scout.wisc.edu/Archives/
"The Scout Report Archives is a searchable and browsable database to nearly seven years' worth of the Scout Report and subject-specific Scout Reports. It contains critical annotations of carefully selected Internet sites and mailing lists. Each annotation seeks to provide an overall analysis of each site including general content, attribution (authors, etc.), currency, availability, accessibility and presentation. The majority of items reviewed are free and freely accessible." -Scout Report

WWW Virtual Library http://www.vlib.org/
"The VL is the oldest catalog of the web, started by Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of html and the web itself. Unlike commercial catalogs, it is run by a loose confederation of volunteers, who compile pages of key links for particular areas in which they are expert; even though it isn't the biggest index of the web, the VL pages are widely recognized as being amongst the highest-quality guides to particular sections of the web." -WWW Virtual Library


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