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Search Engines and Subject Directories

We're providing these links to some of the more popular search engines and subject directories on the Internet for users who haven't yet chosen their favourites. If you're looking for information on learning how to search, there is help available for you at our Learn How to Search the Internet Theme Page. Please read our disclaimer.

Single Search Engines

AltaVista (Digital Equipment Corporation)
This engine is from Digital Equipment Corporation and it is not associated with AltaVista Technology of California, a developer of web authoring software.

AltaVista:Canada
A search engine solely for Canadian resources.

Ask Jeeves

Ask Jeeves for Kids
Students enter a natural language question and receive a selection of options which they can then pursue to find their answer.

Canada.com
This Southam Inc. search engine covers the web but flags any Canadian resources that are found.

Excite

Google
Google's promotional materials claim success in finding high quality sites easily, eliminating much of the chaff found by typical search engines, linking the searcher directly to the appropriate page within the found site, and other techniques which allow users to find the results they want quickly.

HotBot

Lycos

Ultraseek/Infoseek
Meta Search Engines

The following meta search tools allow you to query multiple, specific search tools simultaneously from a single interface. In addition, see Search Engine Colossus for a collection of links to seach engines.

Dogpile

Inference Find

Meta Crawler

Profusion

Search Engine Colossus
A collection of links to various web search engines organized by country.

Subject Directories

AltaVista Subject Search
AltaVista enables clients to search the web using their search engine (above) or this directory structure. The Education section has 12 main sections, each of which breaks down into numerous subdirectories. Note that their directories and subdirectories are presented in an horizontal organization which might be disconcerting at first but is good for showing your path through the directory and the various relationships within them.

Argus Clearinghouse
Collections of recommended sites are categorized within subject-specific guides.

Beaucoup
Beaucoup is a directory of about 600 different search engines, organized under such headings as general, meta-search, what's new, media, geographically specific, software, language/literature, and many more. If you're looking for a search engine for a particular task, you'll probably find it here.

Direct Search
A metalist of links to hundreds of "search interfaces of resources that are not easily searchable from general search tools such as Alta Vista, Hotbot, and Infoseek."

Education World
An educational database with links to over 100,000 sites. This link is to their hierarchy but a search engine is also available.

Galaxy
A general directory. The subject catalog is divided into about a dozen top-level categories and many sub-categories.

KidsClick
A wide ranging database of sites selected by librarians for kids.

Magellan Internet Guide
A general directory which includes an Education section.

Maple Square Internet Directory
This directory specializes in Canadian WWW resources. Links are categorized within a dozen general headings, including "Education". The education category has over 30 subcategories.

WWW Virtual Library
The WWW Virtual Library consists of over 50 independent subject guides to Internet resources. Each subject directory focuses on a particular topic, and is developed and maintained by people who have expertise in that field. The subject directories are located at different web sites throughout the world. The link above is to the master index. Here's the link to the WWW Virtual Library in Education.

Yahoo
A large, popular, general directory. The subject catalog is divided into over a dozen top-level categories and hundreds of sub-categories.

Yahooligans
Yahoo for kids.

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