The Internet, often
called simply "the Net", is the vast global connection of millions
of computer networks. Information travels to all parts of the globe
through this electronic superhighway. Finding information in
this worldwide web can be a challenge. Search engines help find information
by scanning the contents of other Web sites, and creating a list
of sites related to your search.
and Searching the Web
This is a good tutorial for the beginner or to use for group training sessions.
Search Engines and
Find tips on using the most popular indexes and directories at FindSpot.
Learn to narrow your search using and, or, and not as operators.
Search engines use either an index system, a directory search, or a metasearch.
HotBot Up to 100 characters (8 to 10 words) can be entered into the search window. Exhausive in bringing back every possible hit.
Yahoo! The most used search engine, with an original fun directory, and easy to use.
Yahooligans! Yahoo's kid-centered search tool; very highly recommended.
Infoseek Connects to highly reliable sources.
Excite A personalized directory engine the uses Intelligent Concept Extraction to increase appropriate hits for your searches; also offers news, chat, bulletin boards, domains and a variety of services from airline tickets to movie and personals.
Lycos Popular search tool, offers free software such as Stock Alert and Planet Oasis, as well as a customized version of IE Explorer and other navigation tools.
MapQuest Find and print out maps, driving directions, travel info, and more.
Four11 Find e-mail addresses and telephone numbers of people on the Web.
Dogpile Searches 13 indexes on the Web and 6 Usenet indexes at the same time.
SavvySearch 200 indexes are searched at once, results are combined and duplicate sites removed.
Copernic This free application not only searches, but saves and organizes URLs for viewing off-line.
SearchWolf Lets you specify which engines to search.
Solway's Internet Search Shareware and Freeware applications for your computer, in addition to searching.
Askjeeves This popular search engine lets you type in questions. Very easy to use.
HotBot Another popular search engine with lots of options.
AltaVista Ask a question or search by topic.