::Your Livejournal Community Resource For Search Engines::
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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.
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.
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.
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.