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UsingNet: Searching

Search Engines

If you need to find something on the World Wide Web and you don't know where to look, chances are you'll never find it. Someone once said "If you were to stack up all of the individual web pages on the Internet, right up on top of one another, there'd be so many that the stack would go from the Earth to the Moon and back, eighteen times!" This is why there are search engines. These are special sites on the WWW that are designed to search for web pages based on criteria that you give them. Things like: names, places, words, strings ("books by Stephen King"), etc. These are what are known as 'keywords'. The search engine will give you a list of all corresponding matches. Sounds great, right? It is, except that most search engines don't search all, or even most of the WWW. That's why if you don't find what you're looking for initially, just go and try another site -- different search engines index web pages based on different criteria. What you don't find listed at one, you may find in another.

Here's a list of some popular search engines:
  1. Yahoo!
  2. Metacrawler
  3. Ask Jeeves
  4. Ask Jeeves for Kids
  5. Snap
  6. HotBot
  7. Dogpile
  8. Infoseek (GO Network)
  9. Lycos
  10. Excite
  11. Search.com
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