The basics
About
http://about.com

AlltheWeb
http://www.alltheweb.com

AltaVista
http://www.altavista.com

AOL Search
http://search.aol.com/

Ask Jeeves
http://www.askjeeves.com

Google
http://www.google.com

Hotbot
http://www.hotbot.com

LookSmart
http://www.looksmart.com

MSN
http://www.msn.com

Open Directory Project
http://dmoz.org

Teoma
http://www.teoma.com

Yahoo!
http://www.yahoo.com


Meta-search engines
Rather than visit multiple search engines yourself, you can save time by using a meta-search engine, which simultaneously sends your query to two or more general-purpose search engines and eliminates duplicate results. Here are some popular meta-search engines:

DogPile
http://www.dogpile.com

Mamma
http://www.mamma.com

MetaCrawler
http://www.metacrawler.com

Search.com
http://www.search.com


AvatarSearch Finds occult information about witchcraft, vampires, pagan rituals, astrology, tarot cards, and other topics that often panic right-wing conservatives ( http://www.avatarsearch.com ).

Black Web Portal Finds websites of particular interest to blacks ( http://www.blackwebportal.com ).

Crime Spider Searches for websites providing information about various crime and law enforcement sites and organized by topics such as serial murder, urban legends, and cybercrime ( http://www.crimespider.com ).

Disinformation Conspiracy theory-laden search engine that helps you uncover websites offering the "real truth" behind the pyramids of Mars, the sightings of black helicopters over America, film footage of Bigfoot, and the government secrets hidden in Area 51 ( http://www.disinfo.com ).

Education World Finds websites that can help students, teachers, and parents learn more about education ( http://www.education-world.com ).

Federal Web Locator Lists many of the websites from various government agencies and organizations (except for the really cool ones like the CIA and FBI). Maybe you can use it to find out where all your hard-earned tax dollars are going ( http://www.infoctr.edu/fwl ).

GovSearch Collection of government search engines for finding information about the U.S. government: IRS documents, Customs Service, NTIS, U.S. law code, legislative information, OSHA regulations, and information from many other agencies and departments ( http://www.nwbuildnet.com/nwbn/govbot.html ).

CopSeek Directory and Police Search Engine Helps you find websites related to law enforcement so you can find a policeman when you need one ( http://www.copseek.com ).

NerdWorld Search engine dedicated to computer and technology fanatics ( http://www.nerdworld.com ).

Que Pasa! A bilingual search engine geared towards Hispanics and Latinos, available in both English and Spanish ( http://www.quepasa.com ).

Satanist Net Search engine geared to helping you find satanic information on the Internet ( http://www.satanist.net ).

Women.com and WWWomen Two search engines geared toward helping women find information and resources on the Internet ( http://www.women.com and http://www.wwwomen.com ).


Kid-safe search engines
If you leave your children unsupervised, it's likely that they'll eventually find bomb-making instructions and pornography on the Internet. While keeping children isolated from such information may be impossible, you can at least limit their searching to kid-safe search engines. Unlike general-purpose search engines, kid-safe search engines won't accidentally display links to pornographic or bomb-making websites. Try one of the following:

Ask Jeeves for Kids
http://www.ajkids.com

CleanSearch
http://www.cleansearch.com

Go.com
http://www.go.com

Yahooligans
http://www.yahooligans.com


Multimedia search engines
Most search engines help you find text, but what if you want to find a song, a picture, or a video clip? Rather than waste your time using a general purpose search engine to find an MP3 file of your favorite band, try using a special multimedia search engine instead. These multimedia search engines specialize in searching only for specific audio, graphic, or video files.

Here are some of the more popular multimedia search engines:

Ditto
http://www.ditto.com (see Figure 1-1)

FAST Multimedia Search
http://multimedia.alltheweb.com

SpeechBot.net
http://speechbot.research.compaq.com

MIDI Explorer
http://www.musicrobot.com

Regional search engines
Search engines often include websites from all over the world. If you'd rather limit your search to a specific region or country, try using one of the regional search engines listed in Table 1-1 instead.


Table 1-1: International Search Engines COUNTRY
WEBSITE
URL

ASIA

General
GlobePage
http://www.globepage.com

China
SINA Online
http://english.sina.com

Hong Kong
Timway.com
http://www.hksrch.com/welcome.html

India
123India
http://www.123india.com

IndiasWeb
http://www.indiasweb.com

Japan
Search Desk
http://www.searchdesk.com

Philippines
G-Spot
http://www.gsilink.com/gspot

Singapore
Catcha.com
http://www.catcha.com.sg

South Korea
Yahoo! Korea-Seek
http://kr.yahoo.com

AFRICA

General
Woyaa!
http://www.woyaa.com/

South Africa
Ananzi
http://www.ananzi.co.za

Max
http://www.max.co.za

EUROPE

General
Search Europe
http://www.searcheurope.com

France
Francit
http://www.francite.com

Lokace
http://www.lokace.com

Iceland
Iceland on the Web
http://www.vefur.is/iceland

Italy
Italia Mia
http://www.italiamia.com

Malta
Search Malta
http://www.searchmalta.com

Netherlands
Search NL
http://www.search.nl

Russia
Russian Internet Search Engines
http://www.slavophilia.net/russia/search.htm

Switzerland
Swiss Search
http://www.search.ch

U.K.
Everyday UK
http://www.everydayuk.co.uk

Lifestyle.co.uk
http://www.lifestyle.co.uk

UK Plus
http://www.ukplus.co.uk

MIDDLE EAST

General
Ajeeb
http://english.ajeeb.com

Egypt
Egypt Search
http://www.egyptsearch.com

Iran
Iran Index
http://www.iranindex.com

Israel
HaReshima
http://www.hareshima.com

Syria
Syria Gate
http://www.syriagate.com

NORTH AMERICA

Canada
Canada.com
http://www.canada.com

Mexico
Radar
http://www.radar.com.mx

SOUTH AMERICA

Bolivia
Bolivia Web
http://www.boliviaweb.com

Brazil
Cad
http://www.cade.com.br

Chile
Chilnet
http://www.chilnet.cl/index.htm

South Pacific
South Pacific Search
http://www.emaxia.com

Australia
WebWombat
http://www.webwombat.com.au

WebSearch AU
http://www.websearch.com.au


and last of all
AllSearchEngines
http://www.allsearchengines.com

Search Engine Watch
http://www.searchenginewatch.com
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