Search Engines on the World Wide Web

Search engines allow you to find documents on the World Wide Web about topics you are interested in. Some of them try to search the web and build a catalog. Some of them rely on people's suggestions as to good pages. They then index the pages so they can point you to them based on your keywords.

Because they all treat keywords slightly differently in how they search for things, it is a good idea to try a search on more than one engine.

There are a number of good search engines on the World Wide Web. Many of them use Forms interfaces, which means that you have to type into boxes and then press (or select) buttons with your browser, but I have created some scripts which allow them to be searched using a browser without forms support. It is true that this limits what can be done but at least some access to the better engines will be possible.

Digital's Alta Vista search Engine, using forms.
An interface to it which does not use forms, but only allows searching of the Web and standard formatting of the output.
Excite, using forms.
An interface to it which does not use forms, but only allows concept (not keyword) searching of the Web (not reviews or Usenet or classified ads).
Lycos search engine using forms
An interface to it which does not use forms, but only allows the lycos catalog to be searched, not news groups or the A2Z index.
Webcrawler, using forms.
An interface to it which does not use forms, but only displays 25 hits in summary (not titles only) form.

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