Search Engines are used for finding information on the internet. All will search the WWW and some will search the USENET newsgroups. Most search engines provide two methods of finding information. The first is a hierarchical index of subjects covered, much like the table of contents of a technical report. The second method provides for key word searching. Enter a key word or words and the search engine will return a hypertext list of web pages and usually a description of the web pages that match your selection criteria. To use the search engine effectively you will have do an advanced or custom search.
An advanced/custom search allows you to search on several criteria by adding ANDs and ORs to your queries. Unfortunately many search engine uses a different syntax. My advice to you is to pick two search engines that work best for you, and learn them inside-out. Note: Some search engines index only the first web page of a site and others index all pages at a site. The use of the search engines is free. These companies make their money by selling advertising and selling their search engine technology to companies to use on their intranets.
|The most used search engine|
|Bing||Microsoft’s search engine|
|Ask||Compose your searches in simple English. Looks at multiple search engines.|
|Dog Pile||Search multipe search engines with one entry.|
|Northern Light||A research portal|
|New Group Archives||Search USENET news group for current and past articles.Previously
called DeajaNews. Now run by Google.
|N.Y. Times Reference List||Navigator is the home page used by the newsroom of The New York Times for forays into the Web. Its primary intent was to give reporters and editors new to the Web a solid starting point for a wide range of journalistic functions without forcing all of them to spend time wandering around blindly to find a useful set of links of their own. Its secondary purpose was to show people that there’s a lot of fun and useful stuff going on out there.|
|My Virtual Reference Desk||Access to over 411 search engines covering all topics from.
Links to hundreds of other useful sites.
|Library of Congress|