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Resources For Searching

A9
http://www.a9.com
A search engine that allows you to create a history of your searches once you are logged in.

Altavista
http://www.av.com
1 billion pages indexed.
A good choice for finding obscure facts and figures. It's one of the few search engines to offer full Boolean and case-sensitive searching, as well as a variety of field-search options to help target a search.

Ask Jeeves
http://www.ask.com
700 million pages indexed.
A popular search engine for natural-language questions. Part of the Ask Jeeves family, Ask Jeeves for Kids provides kid-friendly content safe for children.

Excite
http://search.excite.com
Uses the Infospace database and is a good general-purpose search engine and includes people and business searches on its home page.

Google
http://www.google.com
4.2 billion pages indexed.
Covers more of the Net than any other search engine. When thoroughness counts, be sure to check Google. Its method of ranking Web sites based on link popularity (the more links to a particular site, the higher its ranking) works especially well for general searches.

Hotbot
http://www.hotbot.com
3 billion pages indexed.
Makes searching for multimedia files and locating Web sites by geography exceptionally easy. If you want the power of Alta Vista with a much simpler interface, go with Hotbot.

Lycos
http://www.lycos.com
3.4 billion pages indexed.
Another good choice for multimedia searches. Use it for finding phrases containing common stopwords (for example, "to be or not to be"). Unlike some search engines, Lycos won't ignore stopwords in phrases.

MSN
http://search.msn.com
3 billion pages indexed.
The fourth most popular search engine, partly because it's on the default start page in Internet Explorer. Its database is not as thorough as Google's or Yahoo's.

Yahoo
http://search.yahoo.com
3.3 billion pages indexed.
The most-detailed Web directory exist on Yahoo, making it an excellent choice for exploring a subject to find out what's available on the Net. Start here if you need general information on a topic, or when you are not quite sure what you're looking for but have a sense that you'll know it when you see it.

Resources For Product Searching

Amazon
http://www.amazon.com
Use Amazon to check the prices and availability in any of Amazon's partner stores. Limited product reviews available.

AOL
http://shopping.search.aol.com
Available to both AOL subscribers and nonsubscribers, AOL supports browsing by departments or searching by keyword.

BizRate
http://www.bizrate.com
Best known for its merchant ratings and merchant reviews, BizRate offers comparison shopping at over 40,000 online merchants.

Dealtime
http://www.dealtime.com
Part of the Shopping.com network, DealTime offers comparison shopping and directory browsing.

eBay
http://www.ebay.com
Although eBay is best known as an online auction house, many merchants sell goods at fixed prices through ebay stores.

Epinions
http://www.epinions,com
Best known for its unbiased opinions, product reviews, and product ratings.

Froogle
http://www.froogle.com
Advanced product search engine uses google's search engine to find products.

Google Catalogs
http://catalogs.google.com
Allows you to browse mail-order catalogs online.

MSN
http://shopping..msn.com
A product search and directory service; merchants selling in MSN's eShops rank high in results.

PriceGrabber
http://www.pricegrabber.com
One of the oldest comparison shopping sites on the Internet. Browse the directory or search for a specific item.

PriceScan
http://www.pricescan.com
Ideal search engine for the technology enthusiast look for the best deals.

Yahoo
http://shopping.yahoo.com
A comparison shopping and directory service. Although Yahoo provide shopping cart service to small merchants, its shopping search includes many other online stores as well.

Resources For Finding People

AnyWho http://www.anywho.com
InfoSpace http://www.infospace.com
SuperPages http://www.superpages.com
Switchboard http://www.switchboard.com
WhitePages http://www.whitepages.com
WhoWhere? http://www.whowhere.com
Yahoo! People Search http://people.yahoo.com

Resources For Other Types of Searching

All Music
http://www.allmusic.com
If you're looking for information about your favorite artist, you can search the All Music Guide (AMG) by artist, songs, album, or genre.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention
http://www.cdc.com
This site allows you to find information on healthcare related issues. You can query the entire health department or a particular state.

Citysearch
http://www.citysearch.com
Visit Citysearch when visiting an unfamiliar city to find restaurants, attractions, shopping, and businesses. Provides the ability for users to read other users reviews and to add their own for local businesses.

FindLaw
http://www.findlaw.com
One of the premier searching sites for doing legal research on the Web.

FirstGov
http://www.firstgov.gov
Official website of the United States that allows you to search all local, state and federal government resources available online.

Project Gutenberg
http://www.gutenberg.net
Includes over 3,000 public domain works. Currently, it is primarily literature, but it is expanding into musical scores and important images.

Information Please Almanacs
http://www.infoplease.com
An online reference that gives you numerous facts and snippets of information from the United States Census to your favorite rockstar's birthday.

Internet Movie Database
http://www.imdb.com
Information on over 150,000 movies with a fully searchable database.

Wikipedia
http://www.wikipedia.com
An Internet dictionary, unlike others, in that all the submissions to its database are grass-roots based, submitted by everyday users. Look here for complete definitions on subculture, obscure and uncommon terms.

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