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Captain Dave's Search Engine List
The Top 15
The Biggest, Fastest, Best of the Best
WebCrawler Usually pretty fast and
thorough. Has become my first choice Alta
Vista Definitely one of the NEW PowerHouse search Engines SNAP
A VERY good, comprehensive and quite new search site. Could move to #1 ! HotBot
Another powerful one in the top 12 group Excite
Search Engine, Links to over 11 million pages Yahoo
One of My favorite starting Point. Usually productive, available &
Searches Web pages full text and NewsGroups Ask
Jeeves answers questions submitted in any form. Quite a good site. Aliweb
A Public Service provided by NEXOR, UK The
Front Page / LinkStar Search Engine Getting Faster & Better all the time
Lycos Pretty thorough BUT also Pretty
Busy during the day - Best used @ Nite Web
Wombat - well done Australian Search Engine that been around since the
beginning Matilda Large, well
organized and responsive Australian Search Engine Open
Text Livelink Pinstripe. Search site designed specifically for the business
community MultiMeta Bilingual
simultaneous search in English/Deutsch/Español/Francais/Italiano
- A meta search engine using the same database
with similar results above average
- Powered by Mamma (see review above).
- A directory of search engines and search
- New technology quasi meta search engine.
Starting with a clean homepage design this search engine provides the
ubiquitous query box. After entering your keywords and hitting the return
key this engine does a preliminary sort and comes up with one or more core
categories to search in the scrollable menu below the query box. If the
category is appropriate (e.g. if you enter trimaran, it will suggest
"sailboat"), the next step is to click on the search button for
the actual search.
- We like the effort to narrow the search via
a preliminary search but does it improve the relevancy of the following
search? In our tests we found only average relevancy of suggested listings.
This could be due to the limited number of databases searched (only 3,
DirectHit, Inktomi, Excite) and the lack of any filtering system to sort the
results based on cumulative relevancy. Another annoying problem was the lack
of a search box on the results page. I.e. you need to hit to return to the
home page to start a search. Unlike some search engines which sit stagnant
after their initial development we have high hopes for Simpli as they
continue to work on the quality of this search tool. (read
their press release)
- Meta search engine and links to core
categories from the Open
Directory Project. If meta search engines are a good tool and
directories are another than putting the two together should create a killer
search tool. Right? Given the mediocre performance of this meta search
engine, low relevancy of listings, you're better off using a high quality
meta search engine, one that searches the Open Project Directory such as: ZWorks.
- One of the first and most commonly used meta
search engines, dogpile searches 3 databases at a time and then asks if you
want to search more. Provides options allowing you to select which databases
to search Results are average in relevancy and is sequential mode of
searching is more cumbersome than many of the newer, more accurate and
comprehensive meta search engines.
- Searches the most popular search engines.
Graphics and results list are clunky.
- An easy way to access 30 of the most popular
search engines and meta search tools.
- This meta search engine is fast, covering up
to ? 20 search engines. To use this search tool first you need to find the
query box on this poorly designed homepage. Once this engine starts, its a
sprinter, returning up to 250 results. Unfortunately it runs in circles,
returning many duplicate listings. Speed and comprehensiveness are high, if
you don't mind wading through 100s of listings unorganized listings.
- Meta search engine that groups pages by
site. Use the features on the query form to customize your search.
- This meta search engine is average in
performance, returning far to many pages from each individual site resulting
in only a few sites being featured on each results page. Elimination of
redundant listings would be a step in the right direction.
- An unimpressive meta search engine. Findings
of average to below average relevancy.
- AskScott queries you as to the type of
search you are making. It uses your answers to lead you through a decision
tree to a search engine best suited to a specific type of query.
Unfortunately it doesn't appear to have been updated recently and depends on
a limited number of engines.
- Searches the top 12 search engines and
presents results organized by engine in one long easy to read scrollable
- Meta search engine providing the top 3
results from FAST, Altavista and Excite. Does allow searches to be limited
- Searches the top five search engines.
Provides the top ten listings from each categorized by engine.
- A meta search engine. Searches up to 10
engines at once, depending on how many you select. Results provided in hard
to read typeface, with no information as to relevance or which search engine
- Metacrawler simultaneously searches 12 of
the Internet's leading search engines. Has the option to sort results by
relevance, by source search engine, or by originating site. This popular
search tool suffers from low relevancy of listings and has been left in the
dust by the newer more accurate meta search engines.
- Access the top seven search engines.
- Searches the top six search engines. Results
include many redundant listings.
- Searches up to 12 engines including: Lycos,
WebCrawler, Google, All The Web, Thunderstone, Infoseek, Direct Hit, HotBot,
Excite, Galaxy, AltaVista, NationalDirectory and Usenet.
- 220+ hyperlinks for people who want to
search the Internet and World Wide Web (WWW) for something but don't know
where to start.
- A meta search engine that is supposed to
search up to 37 search engines. Homepage design is cluttered and hard to
use. Ability to control search engines limited and relevancy only average.
Results pages are poorly laid out. In this case, more is not better.
- Multiple query form for meta search and
other search engines. This search tool is based on the idea that if meta
search engines are a good idea, access to more meta search engines is even
better. How do you spell "redundant?" Searching with multiple meta
search engines is generally a waste of time. It makes far more sense just to
pick one of the top ranked meta search engines, and use it.
- Claims to be a meta search engine, but our
tests found it only searched the Open Project
- Highway 61
- Searches limited to Yahoo, Webcrawler and
Excite. Does provide a quote to read while waiting for search results.
- Awkward graphic interface and organization.
- Average performing meta search engine.
Includes far to many redundant listings. Provides links at the bottom of the
page to 19 of the most popular individual search engines.
- This meta search engine gets points for its
comprehensiveness and its ability to enable users to customize searches,
including a natural language query option and a family filter. Unfortunately
relevancy doesn't appear to play a role in listings provided. review
- Formerly SearchSpaniel (a mutt), Search123
is now an average performing meta search engine. It covers a limited number
of databases. Unlike most current meta search engines that list all results
together (and indicate which search engine they came from) this meta search
engine just groups them by search engine giving the user the task of sifting
through redundant listings.
- Provides access to multiple search engines
and a front door to 4anything.com. Includes a pop up window on the left side
of your browser for selecting which search engines to use. Unfortunately
this was not operative using Netscape or Internet Explorer browsers
operating from a Macintosh computer.
- To find the best search engine for the job
enter a word or a phrase and SmartBorg suggests a search engine to use. We
love the idea, now if it just added value to the search process. In our
tests we found its recommendations didn't always jive with what we were
looking for. Overall it directed us to competent search engines but you'd
could do just as well by starting with a good meta search engine or the
appropriate specialty search engine.
- Average performing meta search engine with
cute surfy images next to each listing. Not our first choice of a search
tool but not our last.
- Average performing meta search engine. You
can select which engines to search. Results grouped by engine and reflecting
the relevancy of the individual engines.
- An limited meta search engine covering only
4 search engines (2 of which use the same database). Results are average in
accuracy (7 out of 10 where relevant) and include a high level of
- Uses confusing 4 frame layout to present
search results from 4 popular engines.
- Clumsy meta search engine that only searches
two engines at a time. Searching of additional engines available. Includes
links to the Open Project Directory for limited category searching. A
rewrite of their basic algorthim is needed to search all search engines at
once and provide an integrated results page with sites ranked by relevance
as a growing number of other meta search engines have done. Not recommended.
- Poor layout and slow performance are less
than clever. Metasearch results were average in relevancy. We did like the
world news summary at bottom of the page, which is refreshed every 27
- Searches the top 5 most popular search
engines. Very fast, but current page design is almost illegible.
- This meta search engine has potential but
its unrealized as of yet. Provides the ability to select up to 15 search
engines. Unfortunately results are presented in confusing layout and include
redundant listings. Use of this engine is buggy and regularly it freezes or
dies while posting results pages.
- Worse than average meta search engine with
unappealing graphics, poor relevancy and an emphasis on promoting adult
listings. Not recommended.
- A version of the Open
Project Directory which provides extremely limited results of poor
- You select from scrollable lists the 4
engines to search. It provides the search engines results pages in 4 frames,
similar to All4One.
- A simple way to search multiple search
engines by category. Not a true meta search engine but provides access to
100s of search sources, many are just commercial sites with limited
- “A metasearch which returns results from
three (3) pay-per-click engines in sequence (followed by MSN results to make
it look a bit better): Goto, Kanoodle, and Findwhat. Serious web searchers
should be aware that this doesn't offer a fair cross-section of major search
engines and directories“ Reviewed by Andrew Goodman, Traffick.com
- Not a meta search engine but rather a one
stop for opening search engine windows. Enter your search terms once and
watch up to 18 browser windows open at once. Another way to annoy people
rather than help them.
- Metasearch 9 of the major search engines at
once. Results provided in a scrollable frames wiindow. Listings were
silightly lower than average in relevancy.
- Allows you to enter your query once to
search many general search engine or similarly for 11 core topic areas. Each
engine's results page returned as a separate browser window. So watch out!
Depending on how many engines you select you your query will open up to 14
browser windows. Is this helpful? We like the notion of meta searching
specialty topic area search engines at one time.
- While this site provides access to the
search engines, unlike most meta search tools it doesn't consolidate the
information and prioritize it making the search process an excessive data
dump. And instead of loading one results page see how bogged down your
computer gets went it tries to load 4-10 results pages at once with
attendant adds. Not recommended for general use. If you can find your
subject area in the short
list of specialty search engines they are each worth a try, just don't
select more than one or two at a time.
- Use internet keywords to search 6 search
engines. Results provided in one long list with redundant listings. Keyword
registration provided if you provide personal financial information, etc.
- Metasearch engine that covers 14 search
engine databases, including the largest ones. Unfortunately, results aren't
analyzed for relevancy, and barely are remotely on target. Poorly designed
and confusing layout to homepage doesn’t help.
- Meta search engine without the advertising
banners. While this is a nice feature this search tool only covers a limited
number of databases and provides less than average relevancy (4 out of 10).
- Meta search engine that allows you to search
by category. Unfortunately this engine is marred by poor relevance of
findings. Not recommended.
- Not really a meta search tool. Just provides
links to the popular search engines.
- Proteus for
- Access six search engines for youth.
- Less than smart, this hard to read
metasearch engine (light blue type is never a winner) provides findings of
lower than average relevancy.
- Searches the top five most popular engines
(Yahoo, Excite, Altavista, Lycos and Infoseek). Provides one long list of
results without indicating which engine they came from or eliminating the
many redundant listings.
- Provides the search query form to 10 search
engines. Not a meta search engine, since each search must be preformed
- Not a real meta search engine. Provides a
direct link to the most popular engines.
- Access 9-12 search engines., newsgroups and
- Simultaneous searches 5-9 search engines.
Six of these are pay for placement engines so results are highly biased and
relevancy based on how much sites are willing to pay. Not recommended for
- Meta search engine with homepage graphics so
bad its worth checking our for a laugh. Just don't use it, its performance
is poor, providing low relevancy of findings and numerous redundant
- Not a meta-search engine but provides access
to a small assortment (9 total) of search engines and meta search engines.
- Slow and inaccurate meta search engine. Not
- Query multiple search engines and web sites
with one browser page, up to 4 at a time. Results provided in one quarter
window sections. You had better be a master at using the scroll taps on your
browser window in order to use this search tool. Showing search results in a
quarter page is almost useless. Not recommended.
- Using this query form you only need to enter
your search terms once. Then after you search each engine, just use the back
button to return to the form and select another engine to search. Why waste
time on such a clumsy search tool when so many better ones exist. Not
- This megasearch engine is now just a front
door to mallagent and is extremely slow and disfunctional. Not recommended.
- Australian meta search engine. Use automatic
phrase based clustering to help query formulation.
- InfoTiger Search
- Appears to search multiple databases in
parallel but provides no information on the site as to where and how it gets
- Bilingual meta search engine, simultaneous
search in several international and German search engines.
- Version of metagopher. Includes preselected
set of speciality search engines, with only one per subject category.
- Directory of some of the popular search
- Directory of search engines and meta search
engines. Includes query forms for many of the engines listed.
- Portal to search engines, meta search
engines and search information.
- Access a handful of popular search engines.