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General Search Engines and Directories
2look4it .
Very limited listings, not recommended.

Looking for previewed sites covering common topics? uses “professional Guides” to research and collect over a million useful sites in over 700 topic areas. is a great place to start a web inquiry as long as you’re not looking for anything to specific. Think of it as a resource library for popular subjects. Uses Sprinks (powered by the competent Inktomi) as a default search engine if it can’t find your query at

Aesir Custom Search  
Use filters to customize output from search engines.

Find homepages via metacrawler. We couldn't get this engine to find anything.

Low relevancy of search results.

Powered by FAST you can expect similar results to Alltheweb.

Alta Vista
Has one of the largest databases. Good for specific searches if you don't mind wading through tons of listings.

Uses Direct Hit to bring you the most visited sitesfor your keywords.

Limited database and search capability. Not recommended.

Internet ring index with adult emphasis.

Business Seek .
More than 150,000 companies, but don't bother, the big engines have better listings.

A poor quality search engine with moderately accurate and highly redundant results. Business plan based on attracting users by offering "colorstamps" (like greenstamps) for using the search engine.

A searchable directory of search resources. Claims that 100,000 searchable databases exist on the net and has over 17,000 in its present database. Our tests found that results included multiple duplicate listings, sites with no significant databases, none searchable sites, all mixed in with key search resources. What a mess! A Fantastic idea but they forgot to edit the listings their robot gone wild collected. Worth a look if you’re a search fanatic.

Cozy Cabin  
Very basic "clean" search engine with finite scope.

Minimal database. Does include editor's site picks.

Direct Hit 
Supposedly gives you the most popular sites, but search function and database is limited. If you are looking for the most popular sites by keyword then this site maybe for you. If you're looking for the best or most relevant sites than we suggest you use a search engine like HotBot or Altavista or better yet a meta search engine. A number of other search engines use DirectHit's database to provide a handful of listings at the top of each search results page including: HotBot, MSN Search, LookSmart and ATTNet.

Electric Monk  
Searches its own database with somewhat limited results.

Excites features, its personalized page with news and portfolio tracking are tops. Unfortunately its search engine relevancy could be improved.

Fast Search  
Using its spider this search engine is working to collect a billion urls. To date their database has 300 million making it the largest of the search engines. This puppy is fast as a greyhound, but they forgot to train it to eliminate redundancy. If a site has multiple pages on the same topic, it returns them all requiring you to sift through many many redundant listings.

Low relevancy of results. Search algorithm lacks sophistication and pulls any item that has keywords in description.

FindWhat provides a clean and simple access to an Inktomi powered search engine. Results are influenced by how much sites pay for listings, not solely based on relevancy. FindWhat has jumped on the wannabe a millionaire bandwagon and now offers users a chance to win big bucks for searching.

A search engine that limits results to the first page of a site, eliminating redundant listings from the same site, but not redundant listings from duplicate sites. Of course this also eliminates millions of potentially relevant sites. Some sites consist of sections covering 100s of significantly different topics. With First-Search you'll never find these pages.

Search results are so low in relevancy that they are essentially useless.

Global Online Directory  
European engine. Search for web sites by country, state, province, county or even city by city narrowing down the information and creating a more accurate result.

Best sites on the net updated daily, though last time we checked the add url function didn't work so how its updating daily we don't know.

Go .
Easy way to search news, newsgroups. For searching web sites, we suggest using one of the top rated engines instead.

Its robot collects pages whether they've been submitted or not making it a very comprehensive engine. Technically its not a meta search engine but it functions like one. Now searches Netscape's Open Project Directory in addition to its own database. Ranks sites by number of incoming links and the popularity of referring sites. Findings are highly relevant, particularly for searches with two or more words. Includes redundant listings. 
Fast engine where placement is determined not by relevancy but by how much sites pay for their listing. Search and find out which sites are paying the most for your eyeballs.

GTE SuperPages  
A form of yellow pages. Search businesses by category. Is supposed to search by company name, actually just searches web page titles, providing large numbers of irrelevant listings.

Organized into sub categories/ directories. Interesting concept but operating from a very limited database.

HotBot uses both the Open Directory Project and Inktomi's databases. Unfortunately like most search engines it suffers when it comes to finding relevant listings. While the Open Directory Project and Inktomi represent two of the largest databases their size doesn't mean the algorithms used to sort the data can guarantee accurate results. While HotBot provides listings that may be somewhat related to the search terms, its accuracy, i.e. its ability to provide highly relevant listings is limited as compared to the many meta search engines. (This is caused in part by trying to be more comprehensive and including the increasingly inaccurate results from the Open Project Directory.) Still HotBot it is one of the better individual search engines and includes advanced search options on the homepage!

Promises to provide relevant searches. Actually its a combination door into Google's easy to use and comprehensive search engine and a directory of reviewed sites, like the Open Directory Project or Currently there aren't enough listings in the directory to make it useful, but submit your sites and keep checking back.

Use a human being to answer your question. For $8, they'll find what the answer to any question.

Just another front door to webcrawler.

Limited database but provides a preview function. This lets you view text information from sites without having to wait for graphics to download. You can buy your way to a top placement.

Searches the open resource project database.

Search the server of the Australian National University, Coombs Computing Unit. Research Schools of Social Sciences & Pacific and Asian Studies, Canberra.

Uses Inktomi's database and provides listings of average comprehensiveness and accuracy. If you use this search engine you can win millions. If you're the type that spends money on Lotto tickets then this search engine is for you. You won't lose money here, but we suggest you use a search tool that can survive on its merits rather than need hold out the carrot of winning millions.

Category based search engine.

A searchable directory with a small (750,000) selection of sites.

Highest bidder gets the top listing in this search engine which uses the Inktomi database.

Search engine of sorts with a growing database of over a quarter million listings (as compared to two to three hundred million listings of the big search engines). Mostly advertising links and search results are low on relevance.

A searchable set of links. Provides another incoming link to your site.

Used by LookSmart and other engines. Ask a live person online for help with your search. Sounds like a great idea, but for it to work each helper at liveperson would need to be an expert in everything. Instead of getting a set of possible sites to choose from liveperson and WebHelp provide just one suggestion. This is one case where the computer is smarter than a person, search engines and meta search engines are a zillion times faster and smarter at sorting through millions of web sites and providing relevant results.

A dumbed down version of Altavista's search engine. In addition uses RealNames and DirectHit. Worse than average relevancy, provided on a confusing results page.

Brings together data from FAST, Direct Search and the Open Project Directory. Only limitation to being a truly great search engine is its ability to provide relevant results and eliminate redundant pages.

A dumbed down version of excite. Almost the same listings show but not as well organized by relevancy and without the many free features that excite offers.


Poor relevancy.

Japanese and English search engine. Poor to moderate relevancy of findings in English. Not sure about findings in Japanese.

MSN Search  
Not well suited to finding specific information.

Netscape uses the Open Project Directory database Read the review.

Northern Light
Northern Light uses its own propietary database covering 220 million web pages and 20 million articles. This search engine is a mixed bag.

We like its use of folders. When you conduct a search it puts a column of folders on the left of related topics (reminds us of looking for a book on a libarry shelf and actually finding the best resource to the right or left of where the book we were looking for was supposed to be). Below each site listed, Northen Light puts a folder of additional pages from that site, eliminating the appearance of multiple and or redundant listings from the same site.

What we don’t like. Unlike meta search engines or the larger search engines, Northern Light runs of a limited database covering only a slice of net. Results are interspersed with articles from Northern Light’s special collection, read pay for these to read them. Given how much information is free on the net, we tend to avoid these pay to read services though we don’t doubt that they may be worth the couple of bucks charged.

Depending on how you search, Northern Light may be for you, though we’d recommend that you augment it with one of the better meta search engines.

Earn money while searching! If you think earning 1 to 3 cents for visiting preselected sites via NetFlip is the way to riches then this search engine is for you. Make up to $1-$2 per hour!!! NetFlip uses demographic data you enter to target results. If you're looking for a selection of sites purely based on merit rather than how much they pay to NetFlip then go elsewhere.

Attempts to improve relevancy via menu options provided with each search term on your results page. This allows you to refine your search further based on a specific meaning for each search term. A great idea, but hindered by the quality of the initial database and search algorithm which results in far too many irrelevant listings. While not perfect w applaud this effort to improve on the standard search process. Worth a look!

Open Directory Project  
The goal of this new engine is to produce the most comprehensive directory of the web, and its well on its way to accomplishing this goal. Similar to Yahoo, listings are organized by category and reviewed by editors, though the Open Directory Project relies on a vast army of volunteer editors. While Yahoo can take months to submissions are usually included in the Open Directory Project within weeks. Until recently this meant that most listings were of high quality. We've noticed that this has changed and numerous dubious listings are slipping into the database reducing the value of the directory.

New search engine using Netscape's open project directory. Includes a meta search function.

Search the Time Inc.'s database of articles from Time, Fortune, People, Money, Entertainment Weekly, ParentTime, Ask Dr. Ruth Weil, and more. Admittedly this is a limited database but has lots of useful information.

Search engine with sites ranked by users.

Power Search  
Very limited database and dysfunctional search. Supposably ranks by quality and popularity but a search for "better meetings" showed the "Southwest Ohio Crochet Guild" in the third spot.

Presentation of results will have you reaching for your glasses even if you normally don't wear any. Top listings can be bought, so relevancy is related to dollars spent not content. Limited database, only searches description not page content.

Uses LivePerson to provide human assisted searches. Live person assistants are not experts in any subject area but rather supposed to be akin to a reference librarian, helping people find the right stuff. In our tests we found that a quickfindit human assisted search provided us with only one suggested link as compared to a reference librarian who can steer you to a whole section of the library. Most good search engines can provide you with a broader and equally relevant selection of links.

In English and Spanish.

A plain vanilla ad free search engine running off of Altavista’s database of 350 million pages. Results are similar to Altavista but appear to show somewhat higher relevancy, especially as you move down the search results page. (Uses the number of links to a site as a measure of the site’s relevancy.)

Using the “customize” link you can turn Altavista’s family filter on and custom search results. Without the standard data overload provided on most search engine’s homepages, Raging’s simple and clean interface is a breath of fresh air!

If you know the name of a company or organization and just want to go to their site and skip all the other sites that mention their name, use RealNames. Also available via AltaVista. The downside of this engine is that only companies that have ponyed up the $100 per listing are included, limiting the scope of searches.


Search for listings and find which sites are willing to pay the most for your attention. Sites pay for listings, the more they pay the higher the site ranks. If you're looking for sites based on relevancy, try one of the top ranked meta search engines or individual search engines.

Pages rated.

Saluki Search
A Family friendly search engine. Still growing its database. Stop by and suggest appropriate sites.

Scrub the Web

Search Engines Galore 
Search the Australian and New Zealand Internet.

A very limited search directory.

Search King
Sites ranked based on surfer votes.

Twirlix is working hard to make the search process easier. Where most search and metasearch engines are almost identical Twirlix is trying something new and potentially better than the industry standard. Unique features include a 5 dot "quality" rating system, site homepage thumbnail, and separation of listings into "Top Matches' and "Further Matches". For those of us who are more visually oriented, this search engine's organization is a big step forward.

Search results not based on relevancy but on how much sites are willing to pay per click to get your attention. In addition has its own database of non paying sites.

Another site where paid for listings appear at the top regardless of relevancy. A search for "dog" found "The Ultimate Astrological Astrology" as the top listing.

Snap! .
Uses Inktomi's database (100 million pages included versus 2-3 times that by the larger engines) and provides listings of average comprehensiveness and accuracy.

Uses the quality Inktomi database with similar features to Hotbot's advanced search function but without easy to read graphic layout of Hotbot.

Starting Point .
Just another way to use Altavista.

Super Snooper
Filters out sites to do with obscenity, hatred, drug-promotion or bigotry.

Thunderseek .
Supposably includes just the best of the best sites. Unfortunately data base is so limited as to be less than useful. Many fairly common terms resulted in one or no listings.

Indexes sites, not individual pages.

Claims to search over ten million pages. Unfortunately its not as selective as one would wish. In a search for - better meetings - the top listing was for a site selling kitchen remodeling services, the third listing was for formal wear and only 2 out of 10 were relevant.

Uses the Goolge engine with similar high caliber results. Offers the additional promise of protecting your privacy. "Our Private Search Engine will never deliver an unsolicited banner advertisement to you. It will also never use cookies or other invasive Personal Profiling technologies to build any personal profiles on your search requests."

Tradewave Galaxy

USA Online

European based search engine with average performance.

Uses the same database as Excite. Read the review of Excite for more information.

"Real-time, human- assisted search engine." In our tests we waited a minute or two for assistance. Results were disappointing, with only one site suggested that was only partially relevant. This "search engine" and sites like it are a step backward. In this case machines that process thousands of web pages in a second are a better resource than an individual.


Clean layout to this search engine providing the first paragraph of text from the document. Using their downloadable software you can drag and drop text from word processing and other documents for searching. Lots of potential here! WebTop just needs to improve the currently dismal relevancy and high levels of redundancy that plague this search engine.

Preview version of new search engine that allows users to rate sites. Currently this beta version is sloow and few site have been rated making it of limited utility. We like the idea of users ranking the sites, but search engines like Direct Hit already rank sites based on frequency of visits, a simpler, but more accurate measure. Why uses a modified version of the Open Project Directory dataset.

Guide to the most popular web sites by six core categories with pull down menus of sub categories. Awkward to use and limited in scope.


Tap the knowledge of the volunteer experts. Great idea, unfortunately tests found a lack of experts and mostly irrelevant matches with possible response times of 10-20 days. A search for an expert on meeting management listed breast feeding as the closest match. Primarily a self-promotion bulletin board.

Yahoo is one of the easiest ways to find information on the web. Because Yahoo is a directory, not a search engine, its possible to look up information by categories. Though it has one of the smaller databases listings are consistently of the highest quality, one reason Yahoo is by far the most popular way to find information on the web.

Sites rated by registered users. In many cases the ratings are influnced by the site owners. Drawing on a limited database this search engine provides micro version of the web with low relevancy and poor comprehensiveness of results. Not recommended.

Mission is to provide unbiased search engine that returns the most relevant web sites, with the best content. Admirable, but failing in limited coverage of the net.