Web Search Tools

Recommended by Robert Berkman, author of "Find It Fast: How to Uncover Expert Information on Any Subject"

Yahoo, BUBL Link Hierarchical indexes maintained by teams of essentially selective categorizers--useful if you have a pretty good idea what you're looking for
Altavista, Excite, Go Network, Hotbot Standard search engines with databases stocked by software "robots" or "spiders"--useful if you do NOT have a pretty good idea what you're looking for
Northern Light Alternative search engine which sorts the pages it finds into categories and then groups the results into folders, thus helping you narrow down your search
Ask Jeeves Type a question in plain English and Ask Jeeves will try to match it with previous questions asked by other users, and then list the questions that are close to matching yours
Google Ranks each page as to its popularity by basing its findings on how many other pages link to it--and how many of those pages have links to them in turn.  It works!
Oingo Conducts a conceptual search based on a user's request by helping the user narrow down their search keyword(s) if the topic is unduly broad
Dogpile, Inference Find, Metacrawler Meta search engines that use other search engines to help in handling a user's request
The Big Hub, The EdIndex Web site databases devoted to specific topics, such as Education or Media, where the user has a high likelihood of finding relevant information

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