Internet Search Engines

One of the best ways to find what you are looking for on the Internet is to use a search engine or a metasearch site. A search engine is a web site that lists other web sites so that they can be searched either by category or keyword. A metasearch site is a specialized search engine that submits your search to multiple search engines and organizes the returns for you.

If you want to do your own search engine research, a good source for reviewing search engines is Search Engine Watch. Their Search Engine Listings link lists some top choices in various categories and provides up-to-date information about each engine in the list.

A network of sites that includes over 650 highly targeted environments, each overseen by a professional guide.


Lets you ask a question the way you'd ask it in the real world, then searches the Internet for the answer.


Developed by Microsoft. Formerly MSN search. Biggest competitor to Google.


Innovative search engine with all kinds of bells and whistles. Holds the largest market share.

Google Advanced Search

Allows one to do a more refined search, limiting to (for example) educational sites, or files of a certain type (Excel, for example).


Around since 1995. Times change, and Lycos has changed with them, evolving from a single search engine into a focused network of community and social sites that include,,, and of course,


A browsable, searchable directory of Internet sites as well as a well-used search engine.