Some listed below are 'meta-index' tools, which list other tools. This page also has separate listings of meta-index sites, search engines, and directories.
You can search multiple search engines at the same time -- a great tool! Search using Google, Yahoo, and Bing all at the same time.
The MetaCrawler is a free Web search service. The MetaCrawler differs from other services in that it doesn't maintain any internal database. Rather, it relies on the databases of Open Text, Lycos, and others. The MetaCrawler sends your queries to different services:
"A site of many pages featuring more than 460 search engines. I feel it's a writer's goldmine and get a good deal of mail from other writers who feel the same. Enjoy!" - From Teri Madden.
Victory adds: This site is very organized and has sections for:
A really great search tool!
PC/Computing Magazine (Sept 1995, page 187) rated this the best search tool, over Lycos, WebCrawler, WWW Worm, and Yahoo: "The best of the bunch, but it isn't free.... Plenty of hits with unusually high accuracy... Interface, instructions, and customizability excellent throughout."
PC World Jan 96 says this engine has 400,000 indexed pages, and includes WWW, Usenet newsgroups, and other non-Internet databases.
Has 5 million web pages in their catalog. PC/Computing rated this "One of the best free tools for searching the Web... High number of hits, and precision of results is usually excellent... Provides excellent descriptions of results."
PC World Jan 96 says this engine has 1.5 million indexed pages.
PC/Computing Magazine rated this "Strong, and getting better all the time... Very high number of hits but too many slightly off topic... Excellent interface throughout and easy to use."
PC World Jan 96 says this engine has 190,000 indexed pages.
General site used by over 6 million people every day. Has search tool for quick finding.
PC/Computing Magazine rated this "Always a useful place to start... Quantity and quality of results consitently good... Easy to use, but limited in search types."
PC World Jan 96 says Exite has indexed pages WWW and Usenet newsgroups. Also runs WebCrawler and Magellan.
A general Web directory
PC/Computing rated this "Better for its subject catalog than its search abilities... Consistently high number of results, but unpredictable precision... Strong customization, but not intuitive."
From Sean Straw: "Topic sorted web site list with 'Search the Galaxy' feature. It lists 'frequent word' counts as well as brief descriptions. Useful resource which should be part of anyone's toolbox."
A place to find people. Are you registered? It's free.
There are many different ways to search for a specific topic or item on the Internet. Sometimes the biggest names in the search engine world are not always the best way to go. Below are the best search engines and directories for finding the specific results you are looking for.
A directory. Enter a city and find relevant, local results.
New site uses 250 search engines.
Free people search and public information search engine. But a full report can cost money.
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