Web search engines

Abcsearchengine Index based, fairly small

About Lots of articles on lots of things

Accoona Excellent for news, good for focussed searching

Acronymfinder Find acronyms

Aftervote Social search engine

Ajaxwhois Great for site statistics searches

Alexa Good for background information on a site

AllPlus Good meta engine, lots of options

Alltheweb Part of the Yahoo family

Altavista Oldie, but still a goodie, suprising enough

Answers Good for factual information

AOL Search Google in a different guise

Archive, Internet Good for older versions of a site

Ask One of the big four

Azoos Painfully bright yellow index engine

Beaucoup Index based, not impressed

Better Who Is Information about a website owner etc

Blinkx Multimedia search engine

Brainboost Part of the Answers family

Buzzle Index based, not impressed

ChaCha Search with a human guide

Clusty Good all rounder

Collarity Personalised search engine. Very good.

Complete Planet Excellent for hidden/invisible web

Convert To convert from one to another

Country Search Engines 4,000 country search engines

Definitions Good for various definitions

Digital-librarian Collection of links from a librarian

DMOZ (Open Directory Project) Good index/directory

Dogpile Multisearch GYMA

Draze Compare GYM on one screen

Ebingbong Social search, lets users rate results.

Ezzzurekster Good for building your own engine

ExaleadSuperb functionality, good advanced options

ExciteDoes anyone still use that any more?

Factbites Factual information

FaganFinder Superb collection of engines

Fazzle Good all round meta search engine


Findsounds Audio/sound search engine

FinQoo Multi search engine, doesn't say what the sources are

Freesearch UK based engine, global scope

Galaxy Index based

Google Do I need to say anything about this one?

Google Blogsearch Best blog search engine going

Google Directory Same as DMOZ

Google Groups Good for obscure information

Google Images Yahoo image search is superior

Google Local Local to the UK that is.

Google News Adequate. Good for email alerts

Google Personalised Tailor results to your interests

Google Scholar Good(ish) for academic stuff

Google Trends Who is looking for what?

Healia Excellent medical search engine

Hotbot Blast from the past!

IAF People search Searches for people! US biased.

iBoogie Multi search engine, strong on clustering

Icerocket Good for blog searching

Illumirate Index based

InfoMine For scholarly internet resource collections

Infopeople People search

Infoservice Index based, bizarre collection of headings

Intute Superb directory, very authoritative

Irazoo Social search engine, vote for results

Ixquick Excellent meta search engine

Jayde Business to business

Jux2 Excellent meta search & compare results

Kartoo Visual search engine, good reputation

Kazazz Free text search engine, not particularly exciting

KidsclickChildren's search engine

Librarians Internet Index Superb resource

Linkopedia Index based, not exciting

Live Search One of the big 4

Lycos Almost lost in the midst of time, but still trying

Mahalo Social search engine, some like it, I don't

MammaMulti meta search engine that's been around for years

Mastersite Calls itself #1 though I can't work out why

Metacrawler Meta search engine Monstercrawler Meta search engine

Mooter Visual search engine

MsDewey Microsoft folly; annoying and pointless

Oaister Emphasis on hidden web academic material

Omnimedicalsearch Excellent medical search engine

Peerbot Very unusual engine, as it searches for favicons

Pepesearch Does not stand out

Pinakes Superb collection of Virtual Libraries

Questfinder Selective web directory

Quotations for Quotations

Quintura First rate, uses clouds of terms. Recommended

RedZee Visual search. Awful. Used to be excellent

References Good all round resource

Re-quest Index/Directory web search engine

Scandoo accurately indicates a level of trustworthiness

Scirus Scientific search of web and selected journals

Scrubtheweb Nothing to recommend it

Search-beat Uses Google's database

Searchbug Search for people and companies in the US Metasearch engine

Searchhippo Metasearch engine, unimpressed

Searchy Personalised search

Searchmash Google test bed

Search Medica Excellent medical search engine Meta search engine

Searchtheweb Index/Directory

Selectsurf Selective web directory Find similar sites

Silobreaker Superb news resource

Slider Full text search engine that searches DMOZ

Smartlinks Index/Directory

SMEALSearch Academic authoritative content

Sproose Social search engine

Sunsteam Index/Directory

Supercrawler Index/Directory

Synonyms Good reference resource

Technorati Excellent weblog search engine

Thenet1 Index/Directory

Thunderstone Index/Directory

Trooker Superb video search engine

Turbo 10 Great for hidden/invisible web

TurboScout Very good multi search engine

Ujiko Visual search engine

Zip codes Information about US zip code areas

Web Brain Visual search engine

Webcrawler Meta search engine for GYMA

Web-search Meta search engine, one at a time

Webworldindex Index/Directory

Whatuseek Web/Index based, not worth the trouble

Windseek Meta search engine

WWW Virtual Library Second only to Pinakes

Yahoo! One of the big 4

Yahoo Buzz What's going on?

Yahoo Directory Yahoo as it used to be

Yahooligans For children

Yahoo Local Local information

Yahoo Mindset Emphasis research or shopping

YouTube Video engine. Use Trooker instead

Zapmeta Allows for various methods of re-ranking

Zensearch Uses the Google database


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