Search-utilities page

Here you will find links to search engines of various kinds, and to commentary about how to use them and which of them might be most appropriate for your particular use. Yes, which one you use can make a significant difference! So many (more than 3,500!) are available that this list of links will never be complete. We begin with an overview of factors to consider in making such a choice and specific examples and links.

If you read nothing else on this page, just click on Choosing, and read the first entry.

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Choosing a search engine. Read this, if nothing else!

How to search

Reviews of search engines.

Virtual libraries

Subject directories

General engines.

Meta engines.

Review sites

Search the invisible Web for information that most engines can't find.

Search for: _______ images _______ rare books _______ people

Reference sources _______ Genealogy

Ask a question.


Choosing a search engine (Read this, if nothing else!):

websearch.about.com: http://websearch.about.com/internet/websearch/mbody.htm. About. The human Internet. Web search with Chris Sherman. Your guide to over 700 Web sites. Apart from its obvious range of usefulness, I recommend this site because it was listed as being important on the home page of a person who I consider to be a genius -- Clifford Pickover, at http://sprott.physics.wisc.edu/pickover/home.htm, also (indirectly) via http://www.pickover.com. That About page and its links alone cover almost everything that I am trying to say on this page, and much more.

Choose the Best Search Engine (a subpage of websearch.about.com): http://websearch.about.com/internet/websearch/library/weekly/aa120498.htm. This site and its links offer an excellent overview and links to all aspects of searching on the Web. This is a subpage of the home page set out above: websearch.about.com. For this reason, the link to the appropriate subpage of that site will be set out at the beginning of each category below.

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How to search:

Here are some sites to help familiarize the first-time searcher to the Internet or to help keep a more advanced searcher up to date on the latest changes in Internet search tools.

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Choose the Best Search Engine (a subpage of websearch.about.com): http://websearch.about.com/internet/websearch/library/weekly/aa120498.htm. this site and its links offer an excellent overview and links to all aspects of searching on the Web.

Explore the Internet -- Library of Congress: http://lcweb.loc.gov/global/. Provides a wide variety of search methods and training in searching.

Internet Guides: The Teaching Library Instructions and Guides: http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/TeachingLib/Guides/Internet/. Instruction for using Internet resources:  Web searching, creating Web pages, links to other ways to find information provided via the Internet. From the UC Berkeley Library.

Search Engine Guide: http://searchengineguide.com/. The guide to search Engines, Portals, and Directories. There are 3593 search engines for you to choose from! They can be chosen individually or by category.

Search Engines and Subject Guides: http://wwwsju.stjohns.edu/library/staugustine/SearchEnginesAnnotated.html. Links to engines, meta-engines, reviews, ratings, subject guides, guides to the Internet, mail lists, newsgroups, FAQs, library collections, Web images, icons, and clip art. School of Library and Information Science, St. John's University.

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Reviews of search engines:

Choose the Best Search Engine (a subpage of websearch.about.com): http://websearch.about.com/internet/websearch/library/weekly/aa120498.htm. this site and its links offer an excellent overview and links to all aspects of searching on the Web.

Search-engine watch: http://www.searchenginewatch.com/ Reviews of hundreds of engines, utilities, and metacrawlers, by category.

Search Engine Reviews: http://searchenginewatch.com/resources/reviews.html. Includes a chart summarizing reviews of engines.

A helpful guide to search engines: http://www.monash.com/spidap.html Ranks engines and gives course in how to search.

Internet Search Tools: http://www.uwgb.edu/library/internet/search_tools.html. This site contains a useful overview of the types of search utilities and links to them, including the following topics: Virtual Libraries, Subject Directories, Search Engines, Meta-Search Engines, Review Sites, and others. Some of this page outline and content are based on that site.

Search Engine Guide: http://searchengineguide.com/. The guide to search Engines, Portals, and Directories. There are 3593 search engines for you to choose from -- can be chosen individually or by category.

Explore the Internet -- Library of Congress: http://lcweb.loc.gov/global/. Provides a wide variety of search methods and training in searching.

FinderSeeker: http://www.finderseeker.com/. The Search Engine for Search Engines.

Glasgow School of Art Library & Information Services: http://www.gsa.ac.uk/library/internet/search.html. The best tools for finding information on the Internet, including subject directories, search engines, metasearch engines, reviews of web sites, lists of new resources, e-mail addresses and Usenet resources.

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Virtual libraries

Virtual Libraries allow you to browse for Web sites grouped together by subject categories. They are good for seeing what information is available on a given topic. The web sites that are listed in Virtual Libraries are very often reviewed by someone before being included. For the latter reason, these sites could also be termed review sites.

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Choose the Best Search Engine (a subpage of websearch.about.com): http://websearch.about.com/internet/websearch/library/weekly/aa120498.htm. this site and its links offer an excellent overview and links to all aspects of searching on the Web.

The Argus Clearinghouse: http://www.clearinghouse.net/.

BUBL LINK / 5:15: http://bubl.ac.uk/link/. Selected Internet resources covering all academic subject areas, and by The Dewey Decimal Classification system.

the Internet Public Library: http://www.ipl.org/ref/. Reference Center.

Librarians' Index to the Internet: http://lii.org/. A searchable, annotated subject directory of more than 7,000 Internet resources selected and evaluated by librarians for their usefulness to users of public libraries. It's meant to be used by both librarians and non-librarians as a reliable and efficient guide to described and evaluated Internet resources

Library of Congress: http://lcweb.loc.gov/. The Library preserves a collection of more than 119 million items.

WWW Virtual Library: http://vlib.org/Overview.html. The VL is the oldest catalog of the Web, started by Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of html and the Web itself. Unlike commercial catalogs, it is run by a loose confederation of volunteers, who compile pages of key links for particular areas in which they are expert; even though it isn't the biggest index of the Web, the VL pages are widely recognised as being amongst the highest-quality guides to particular sections of the Web.

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Subject directories

Subject Directories allow you to browse for web sites grouped together by subject categories. They are good for seeing what information is available on a given topic, similar to Virtual Libraries. They differ, however, from Virtual Libraries in that they usually do not evaluate the sites they choose to include and sometimes allow the user to search their database of Web sites. 

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Choose the Best Search Engine (a subpage of websearch.about.com): http://websearch.about.com/internet/websearch/library/weekly/aa120498.htm. this site and its links offer an excellent overview and links to all aspects of searching on the Web.

About -- The Human Internet: http://www.miningco.com/.

Academic Info: http://www.academicinfo.net/. Your Gateway to Quality Educational Resources.

britinnaca.com: http://www.eblast.com/. Encyclopaedia Britannica, including Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary.

HotSheet.com: http://www.hotsheet.com/. Has wide range of subjects and search engines.

INFOMINE: http://infomine.ucr.edu/Main.html. Scholarly Internet resource collections.

INFOMINE is intended for the introduction and use of Internet/Web resources of relevance to faculty, students, and research staff at the university level. It is being offered as a comprehensive showcase, virtual library and reference tool containing highly useful Internet/Web resources including databases, electronic journals, electronic books, bulletin boards, listservs, online library card catalogs, articles and directories of researchers, among many other types of information.

INFOMINE is librarian built. Over 20 University of California, California State University, and other university and college librarians have contributed to building INFOMINE.

InfoSpace: http://www.infospace.com/.

Yahoo: http://www.yahoo.com/. Contains over 500,000 sites that have been classified by real people into more than 25,000 catagories. News, guides, world and local versions of Yahoo!, and much more.

W3 Search Engines: http://cui.unige.ch/meta-index.html. This documents collects some of the most useful search engines available on the WWW.

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General engines:

Also called "spiders" or "crawlers", search engines constantly visit Web sites on the Internet in order to create catalogs of Web sites. Because they run automatically and index so many Web pages, search engines may often find information not listed in directories.  However, Search Engines don't index Web sites in a logical format; rather, the Web sites are indexed by individual words within the site -- thus, the results can sometimes be misleading.

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Choose the Best Search Engine (a subpage of websearch.about.com): http://websearch.about.com/internet/websearch/library/weekly/aa120498.htm. this site and its links offer an excellent overview and links to all aspects of searching on the Web.

disinformation: http://www.disinfo.com/ Launched on September 13, 1996, Disinformation was designed to be the search service of choice for individuals looking for information on current affairs, politics, new science and the 'hidden information,' that seldom seems to slip through the cracks of the corporate-owned media conglomerates. Ironically, it was funded by one of the largest media companies in the world (TeleCommunications, Inc. (TCI), now part of AT&T), who paid for placement on Netscape's then ubiquitous search page. . . . The political bias of our staff just happens to be 'liberal' or 'progressive,' but that doesn't mean we close our minds to ideas that are deemed conservative, far from it.

www.100.com: http://www.100.com/. The 100 Top Network. Top 100 sites in each of more than 60 categories, including:

. . 100 Top Search Engines Sites (via www.100.com): http://www.100.com/Top/Search. From the 100 Top Network, Top 100 sites in Search Engines.

Google: http://www.google.com/. Rated by many as giving the most comprehensive and relevant results. Its criterion for relevancy is the frequency with which a site has been visited, which differs from that of most, if not all other, engines. Allows easy choice of exact phrase, all the words, or any words.

All the Web. All the time. Fast search: http://www.bos2.alltheweb.com/. I find it fast, thorough, and easy to use. Allows easy choice of exact phrase, all the words, or any words.

AltaVista: http://www.altavista.com/. Rates high in usability and thoroughness. Fast and comprehensive, with menu of categories; refined and specialty searches; search in foreign languages; news by abcnews.com.

Ask Jeeves: http://www.askjeeves.com/. Allows one to pose questions in natural language.

Infoseek: http://www.go.com/. A fast and usually accurate search engine - use advanced search option; search web, news web sites, newsgroups, companies; 'What's up?' section; recommended Infoseek Select Sites and large menu.

GoTo.com: http://www.goto.com/.

HotBot: http://hotbot.lycos.com/. Rates as the biggest, with high speed and good completeness.

Northern Light: http://www.northernlight.com/. Rates as most likely to find it when others can't.

Lycos: http://www.lycos.com/. Also has pictures and maps.

refdesk.com: http://www.refdesk.com/. Contains a wide variety of reference sources of all types, including 260 search engines, by category.

JournalismNet: http://www.journalismnet.com/. Contains a wide variety of reference sources of all types, including many search engines, links to newspapers, newwire services, radio and TV stations, and special resources for journalists. Contains 6,000 pages.

Search Engines Worldwide: http://www.twics.com/~takakuwa/search/searc2.html. A collection of search engines sorted by the country as well as the region. Search Engines Worldwide is one of the largest search-engine links on the internet. It lists links and logos of 1,173 engines, in 140 countires and 5 regions.

WebCrawler: http://www.webcrawler.com/.

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Meta engines.

Meta-Search Engines are sites that allow you to input your search once and retrieve results from numerous search engines. Using one of these can save you time; however, you lose the advantage of some advanced searching capabilities that search engines now offer when searched individually.

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Choose the Best Search Engine (a subpage of websearch.about.com): http://websearch.about.com/internet/websearch/library/weekly/aa120498.htm. this site and its links offer an excellent overview and links to all aspects of searching on the Web.

ALL-IN-ONE SEARCH PAGE: http://www.allonesearch.com/. Over 500 of the Internet's best search engines, databases, indexes, and directories in a single site.

The BigHub.com: http://www.thebighub.com/. The BigHub.com built its search capabilities around its highly recognized metasearch engine, formerly known as iSleuth.com -- ranked by The New York Times and The Miami Herald as one of the top 10 search engines on the Web. The BigHub.com lets users search multiple engines, Web directories and news databases simultaneously and receive one simple summary of results. The metasearch provides users with a more convenient, efficient search than is available with traditional single-database search engines. The BigHub.com refers to its metasearch as a "Megasearch," a term which more adequately describes the enormous benefit to the online user who wishes to search within one easy-to-use Web site rather than surf and navigate through several complex locations.

The BigHub.com provides users with advanced search options, for everything from arts and humanities to travel, on its home page, from which they also easily can access news, weather, financials and more. In the future, each user will have the ability to customize content to their own preferences in areas such as traffic and weather reports, investment tracking, and local entertainment and social events.

Copernic2000: http://www.copernic.com/. Simultaneously consults the best search engines. Brings back relevant results with summaries. Removes duplicate information and dead links. Easy-to-use award-winning search solution. Over 8 million users worldwide. I have been using it for several months and have found it to be excellent. Basically, this utility invokes other engines to search in parallel, weeds out most (but not all) duplicate hits and presents the results in a conveniently sorted form that can be manipulated and stored for future use or modification. It also provides a variety of types of search, including access to good encyclopaedias. It comes in three flavors: (a) Copernic2000 (free); (b) Copernic2000 Plus (some $); and, (c) Copernic2000 Pro, which I have (more $). One can adjust the number of requested hits, from 10 to 300 or more per engine. Each version requires a software download.

The following review is copied from the Stroud’s Reviews of Internet Agents site:

http://cws.internet.com/reviews/agents-copernic.html

Copernic is arguably the best multi-site search utility currently available on the Internet. Copernic consistently finds the information you're looking for faster and more efficiently than competing clients like WebFerret and WebCompass. In fact, Copernic has proven to be the most accurate search utility we've tested to date. Available in three editions -- an ad-supported freeware release, a $39.95 Plus version, and a $79.95 Pro client -- Copernic offers the ability to concurrently search up to 130 search engines and specialized search directories for hard-to-find Web sites, e-mail addresses, and news articles. Allows easy choice of exact phrase, all the words, or any words.

Dog Pile: http://www.dogpile.com/. Includes metasearch and others.

Mamma.com: http://www.mamma.com/ The Mother Of All Search Engines. "Metasearch" engines query several search engines and directories, a strategy that usually turns up better results. Mamma offers categories -- Web, News, MP3, Audio, Images, Video -- and a power search feature that includes adult content filters and Boolean operators for more sophisticated searching. Mamma's also got shopping and auction search services. (Added 21 Dec 00.)

MetaCrawler: http://www.metacrawler.com/.

ProFusion.com: http://www.profusion.com/. Later this month Intelliseek is launching the latest version of ProFusion with: 1000 Vertical Engines, Engine Auto-categorization, Page and Topic Tracking, Improved Results, Classic ProFusion. Users will continue to have access to all of ProFusion's existing technology and objective non-paid placement.

keyword.com: http://www.keyword.com/. - Search 9 search engines. Use internet keywords. Register internet keywords. Works in all browsers. No plug-ins required.

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Review sites

These are useful sites for finding reviews of, or commentaries on, other web sites.

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Choose the Best Search Engine (a subpage of websearch.about.com): http://websearch.about.com/internet/websearch/library/weekly/aa120498.htm. this site and its links offer an excellent overview and links to all aspects of searching on the Web.

Magellan Internet Guide: http://magellan.excite.com/. A search engine that reviews sites with a 4 -star rating system. Search the entire Web or reviewed sites only for more targeted results

Scout Report: http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/report/sr/current/index.html. See commentary at Scout Report.

Scout Report Signpost: http://www.signpost.org/signpost/. See commentary at Signpost.

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Search the invisible Web for information that most engines can't find.

Vast expanses of the Web are completely invisible to general-purpose search engines like AltaVista, HotBot and Google. Here's how to find the hidden gems search engines can't see.

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Choose the Best Search Engine (a subpage of websearch.about.com): http://websearch.about.com/internet/websearch/library/weekly/aa120498.htm. this site and its links offer an excellent overview and links to all aspects of searching on the Web.

disinformation: http://www.disinfo.com/ See added comments above at disinformation.

Invisible Web - Hidden Searchable Sites (a subpage of websearch.about.com): http://websearch.about.com/internet/websearch/cs/invisibleweb1/index.htm. The site includes the following links:

. . . The Invisible Web Boldly go where no search-engine has gone before, in the vast expanses of the Invisible Web.

. . . Invisible Web Gateways Invisible Web gateways give you direct access to the thousands of searchable databases on the Web that the major search engines ignore.

. . . Invisible Web Databases Searchable databases featuring a wide range of content and information.

. . . Tooling Around the Invisible Web These focused search tools help you find things the search engines can't see in the vast expanses of the Invisible Web.

. . . The Web Less Travelled Super searcher Gary Price, one of the foremost authorities on the Invisible Web, reveals his picks for the best searchable sites on the Invisible Web.

. . . The InvisibleWeb Catalog The InvisibleWeb Catalog is a directory of over 10,000 Web resources that are invisible to search engines.

. . . Image Search Specialized image-search engines find clipart, web graphics, multimedia, icons, paintings, photographs and other images on the Web.

. . . Multimedia Search Search for multimedia files, including audio, video, MP3, and other streaming media.

. . . People Search People finders and people-search engines help you find the address, telephone number or email address of friends, familiy members and celebrities.

. . . Real-Time Tracking Use these Web sites to locate the current position of packages, satellites, airplanes, traffic, webcam stars—virtually anything that moves.

direct search: http://gwis2.circ.gwu.edu/%7Egprice/direct.htm  direct search is a growing compilation of links to the search interfaces of resources that contain data not easily or entirely searchable/accessible from general search tools like Alta Vista, Google, and Hotbot. Although general search tools are essential for the retrieval of Internet based data, often many do not realize that large amounts of information are not easily searchable and accessible via these search tools.  This "hidden" from "general search tool" material has become known as the "invisible web".   

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Search for images.

www.100.com: http://www.100.com/. The 100 Top Network. Top 100 sites in each of more than 60 categories, including:

. . 100 Top Clip Art Sites (via www.100.com): http://www.100.com/Top/ClipArt. From the 100 Top Network, Top 100 sites in Clip Art.

Choose the Best Search Engine (a subpage of websearch.about.com): http://websearch.about.com/internet/websearch/library/weekly/aa120498.htm. This site and its links offer an excellent overview and links to all aspects of searching on the Web. One of many links from this site ia the following:

. . . Clip Art and Image Search: http://websearch.about.com/internet/websearch/msubmenu10.htm.Clip Art and Image Search Image search engines and directories help you find clipart, artwork, photographs, and multimedia on the Web. Many image search engines display artwork and photographs as thumbnail pictures, and many images can be used in your own art projects. This site provides the following links:

. . . Clip Art, Icons, and Web Graphics Search Links to specialized clip art search engines and directories for free animated gifs, free clipart, graphics, Web page icons and buttons, and more.

. . . Fine Arts Search Resources Find online museums and art galleries, art education and history sites, artists, art events, art news, and organizations.

. . . Image Search Engines and Directories Image search engines and directories help you find artwork, photographs, and multimedia on the Web. Many image search engines display artwork and photographs as thumbnail pictures, and many images can be used in your own art projects.

. . . Interactive Web Search Wizard - Image Search The interactive search wizard will guide you to the best search engine for finding clip art multimedia, photos, Web graphics, streaming video, and other images.

. . . Multimedia and Streaming Media Search Search for multimedia files, including audio, video, MP3, and other streaming media.

. . . Photography Search and Picture Archives Find photographs and photography resources on the Web using these specialized photographic search tools and picture archives.

. . . Special Image Collections From angels to molecules, animals to stars, these special image collections feature thousands of images of all varieties.

ditto.com: http://www.arribavista.com/ The leading visual search engine. Provides a wide variety of images, including those pertaining to popular culture.

Image Sources on the Internet: http://www.worldwebs2000.com/imgsource.htm. Worldwebs2000.

terraserver.com: http://www.terraserver.com/. Images from Soviet spy satellites of many cities and military areas, with resolutions of one and two metres. Excellent source. If you can't find your house on it (I did in Ottawa), try Area 51, the Eiffel Tower, or the Tower of London!

Cartoonbank.com: http://www.cartoonbank.com/index.asp?mscssid=5Q4JQB8EP1SR2MLX00GPBQXDMEK8DE5F. Cartoons published in The New Yorker. No one should doubt that, since the 1920s, "The New Yorker" has published the funniest and wittiest cartoons in the business. The magazine's archives contain tens of thousands of great cartoons by the likes of Charles Addams, Peter Arno, Saul Steinberg, William Steig, James Thurber, Gahan Wilson, Roz Chast, Jack Ziegler and others. They're all being made available online at The Cartoon Bank, "the largest searchable cartoon database on the web." You can search its vast archives for your favorite cartoonist, or send e-cards, or buy prints, t-shirts, and even original cartoon artwork. Its Cartoon Channel pop-up offers an ever-changing parade of cartoons on your desktop. Recent cartoons and cartoonists are more heavily represented than some of the "classics," in part because it takes time to scan them into the database. The goal is to have them all available and searchable online. The search engines works great, by the way. I found a favorite Charles Addams cartoon in one try! [What better recommendation could one have?]

Finding Images Online: DIRECTORY OF WEB IMAGE SITES: http://www.berinsteinresearch.com/fiolinks.htm Wide array of imags, including link:

. . . Mary Evans Picture Library: http://www.mepl.co.uk/index2.shtml MEPL is a unique collection, exclusively devoted to history. How we lived, what we did, how we behaved, what we wore, what we believed, how we worked, how we enjoyed ourselves. From the creation of the universe to the present -- in documents of every kind -- engravings and photographs of course, but also popular music sheets, postcards, private photo albums, advertising, religious ikons, book illustrations, original drawings and manuscripts . . . millions of pictures.

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Search for rare books:

This introduction to book search engines is courtesy of EMAZING , at http://www.emazing.com , which presents tips of the day by automatic e-mail to its subscribers, including me. Here is one such EMAZING Internet Tip of the Day which categorizes at least some of the links that follow.

If you're a book collector, or a bargain hunter, or if you need an out-of-print title, then try some of the used -book search engines on the Web. These link together hundreds of small (and not-so-small) bookstores coast to coast and in other countries, letting you search hundreds of inventories for the right book. You can search title, author, publisher, and other attributes, like hardbound or paperback, dust jacket, first edition, etc. Condition is listed, too. You often get multiple hits for titles, giving you a choice of prices. Collectors can find what they need to round out their favorite authors. Bargain hunters can find used copies of out-of-print books. You can purchase the books online, too. Two of the best are ABE and Alibris. Both give you lots of search options.

Some links:

Choose the Best Search Engine (a subpage of websearch.about.com): http://websearch.about.com/internet/websearch/library/weekly/aa120498.htm. this site and its links offer an excellent overview and links to all aspects of searching on the Web.

ABE: http://www.abe.com/. World's largest network of independent booksellers.

Alibris: http://www.alibris.com.

Bibliofind: http://www.bibliofind.com. More than 20 million used and rare books, periodicals and ephemera offered for sale by thousands of booksellers around the world.

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Search for people:

See also Genealogy below.

Choose the Best Search Engine (a subpage of websearch.about.com): http://websearch.about.com/internet/websearch/library/weekly/aa120498.htm. this site and its links offer an excellent overview and links to all aspects of searching on the Web.

Finding People - Lost Family and Friends (a subpage of websearch.about.com): http://genealogy.about.com/hobbies/genealogy/cs/findpeople/index.htm. Resources for locating lost family members and friends including tips, bulletin boards, government records, military resources, phone numbers, email addresses, postal mailing addresses, and more, including the following:

. . . Advanced Use of Phone Directories

. . . Classmates.com Alumni from over 30,000 highschools in the USA and Canada, and American schools overseas. 

. . . Discreet Research, Inc. A public records information service. Information from many electronic public-record filings, databases, public-record vendors, court records, state repository databases, etc.

. . . Finding People Worldwide Excellent advice from About Web Search guide, Chris Sherman.

. . . Finding a Military Servicemate Ideas and instructions from the Veteran's Administration.

. . . Government Public Records Listing of nearly 400 state, county, city and federal (court) Web sites where you can access public-record information for free.  Records include tax assessor, civil and criminal court, probate and marriage indexes, varying by county and state.

. . . Locating Lost Family Members & Friends A wonderful book on using modern genealogical research techniques for locating the people of your past and present, by Certified Genealogical Record Specialist, Kathleen W. Hinkley.

. . . Locating Military Personnel Detailed information on locating members of the U.S. military, including advice on locating active-duty military personnel and retirees, from U.S. Military Guide.

. . . Lost Friends Center Lost and Found International offers a free database of names.  Add your name and contact info to the list.

. . . Lost Persons The U.S. Social Security Administration will attempt to forward letters to persons whose address is unknown. 

Canada411: http://canada411.sympatico.ca/. A completely searchable directory. You can use it to look up anyone who's listed with any of Canada's telephone companies -- and it's free!

Cdn Govt & Organizations: http://www1.sympatico.ca/Contents/Government/govern.html (Added 24 Dec 00.)

Govt of Canada Site: http://canada.gc.ca/, including: (Added 24 Dec 00.)

. . . Govt Electronic Directory Services: http://canada.gc.ca/search/direct500/geds_e.html

. . . Embassies and Missions: http://www.dfait-maeci.gc.ca/dfait/missions/menu-e.asp

. . . Govt of Canada Internet Addresses: http://canada.gc.ca/directories/internet_e.html

. . . Find your Member of Parliament using your Postal Code: http://www.parl.gc.ca/information/about/people/house/PostalCode.asp?Source=SM

. . . Senators and Members of the House of Commons: http://www.parl.gc.ca/common/SenatorsMembers_house.asp?Language=E&Parl=36&Ses=2&Sect=hoccur

. . . Postal Code Lookup: http://www.canadapost.ca/CPC2/addrm/pclookup/pclookup.shtml

Yahoo! People search: http://people.yahoo.com/. Internet White Pages by Yahoo! -- has directories; e-mail and phone number search. It appears to work for only USA addresses.

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Reference sources:

Choose the Best Search Engine (a subpage of websearch.about.com): http://websearch.about.com/internet/websearch/library/weekly/aa120498.htm. This site and its links offer an excellent overview and links to all aspects of searching on the Web.

The Biggest Online Text Dictionary on the Web: http://www.orchy.com/dictionary/ Also has anagrams.

refdesk.com: http://www.refdesk.com/. Contains a wide variety of reference sources of all types, including 260 search engines, by category.

Scout Report: http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/report/sr/current/index.html. A Publication of the Internet Scout Project
Computer Sciences Department, University of Wisconsin-Madison. The Scout Report is the flagship publication of the Internet Scout Project. Published every Friday both on the web and by email, it provides a fast, convenient way to stay informed of valuable resources on the Internet. Our team of professional librarians and subject matter experts select, research, and annotate each resource.
[See related Scout Report Signpost entry below.]

Scout Report Signpost: http://www.signpost.org/signpost/. The Internet Scout Project, which is funded through the National Science Foundation and is located in the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Computer Sciences Department, is charged with assisting in the development of resource discovery on the Internet. The Scout Report Signpost contains only the best Internet resources, as chosen by the editorial staff of the Scout Report, which have been cataloged and organized for efficient browsing and searching. Signpost, which debuted in June of 1997, is a proof-of-concept and is designed to guide U.S. higher education to quality electronic resources. The majority of resources reviewed are free and freely accessible. This is termed a review site, in that its contents and access have been reviewed by people, and with a librarian's approach. [See related Scout Report entry above.]

Magellan Internet Guide: http://magellan.excite.com/. This site provides access to information by categories, and reviews, maps, and a people guide. It might also be termed a review site.

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Genealogy:

Choose the Best Search Engine (a subpage of websearch.about.com): http://websearch.about.com/internet/websearch/library/weekly/aa120498.htm. this site and its links offer an excellent overview and links to all aspects of searching on the Web.

Genealogy Search - Family Tree Research (a subpage of Choose the Best Search Engine): http://websearch.about.com/internet/websearch/cs/genealogysearch2/index.htm. These genealogy search sites help you research your family history by providing access to public records, genealogy mailing lists and newsletters, family tree software, and more, including the following:

. . . About.com's Genealogy Site A one-stop source for family research, with articles, links, and more, from Guide Kimberly Powell. Especially useful for beginners.

. . . Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet Probably the most comprehensive directory of genealogical resources on the Web, with over 31,300 links, categorized and cross-referenced, in over 90 categories.

. . . FamilySearch Internet A genealogical gold mine: one of the largest family history archives in the world, maintained by the LDS Church.

. . . GENDEX WWW Genealogical Index This metasearch engine indexes more than 2,400 databases containing genealogical data for more than 7.8 million individuals with more than a quarter-million surnames.

. . . Genealogy.com Browse over 45,000 genealogy Web sites dedicated to specific locations, record types, religions, surnames, and more.

. . . Genealogy Gateway To The Web Over 105,000 genealogy resource listings and other genealogical services.

. . . Genealogy Online Extensive help for family researchers, including annotated links, news, and numerous search forms for other online genealogical Web sites.

. . . GenealogyPortal.com GenealogyPortal.com features eight separate search engines, designed to find information not readily accessible through traditional genealogical link sites

. . . GeneaNet The goal of GeneaNet is to use the power of the Internet to build a database indexing all the genealogical resources over the world, on-line as well as off-line.

. . . Helm's Genealogy Toolbox Over 50,000 links to genealogical Web sites, news and articles on family history research, a guide to genealogical software, and pages for posting questions.

. . . Interactive Genealogy Links to free online searches for surnames and family histories.

. . . Internet FamilyFinder Enter a name into Family Tree Maker's ancestry archive, and if it finds a match you can download the entire family tree.

. . . Rootsweb Genealogy Search Engine Directory Links to some of the most valuable ancestry search sites on the Web.

. . . U.S. Social Security Death Index U.S. death records, including actual social security numbers (someone please pass the smelling salts to the online security/fraud expert who just fainted).

. . . Vital Records Information Information about where to obtain vital records (such as birth, death & marriage certificates and divorce decrees) from each state, territory and county of the United States.

. . . Where to Write for Vital Records How to obtain birth, death, marriage, and divorce certificates for the U.S. and its territories.

. . . WorldGenWeb WorldGenWeb's goal is to have a genealogy site in every country in the world, hosted by researchers living in each country.

. . . World-Wide Genealogy Resources A huge directory of genealogy related Web sites, organized alphabetically by country name.

Genealogy Today: http://genealogytoday.com/.

Worldwide Genealogy Top 100 (Topsites): http://www.worldwide-top100.net/tops5/index.html Has ratings of, and links to, top 100 genealogy search sites.

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Ask a question.

Choose the Best Search Engine (a subpage of websearch.about.com): http://websearch.about.com/internet/websearch/library/weekly/aa120498.htm. this site and its links offer an excellent overview and links to all aspects of searching on the Web.

Ask Jeeves: http://www.askjeeves.com/. Allows one to pose questions. A natural-language search service (no keywords or boolean queries) with a meta-search feature.

askMe.com (AskMeCorp): http://www.askmecorp.com/company.asp With over 50 customers, 2 million users a month, 130,000 experts, 2.2 million answers, and awards and accolades from the likes of Fortune, Forbes, Time, USA Today, MSNBC, Upside, PC Magazine, The New York Times, Yahoo Internet Life, and others, AskMe has been acknowledged as the world's leading infrastructure for human knowledge sharing. I tried this with a question about how to treat a drowning victim. I got back two separate answers, including rationales, from human medical experts within 20 minutes (at 6:30 am!). Highly recommended!


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