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Search Engine

A search engine is a computer program that uses software called robots or spiders to gather information (documents, files, or data) from a database or computer network. Search engines can gather information in different ways and can serve different purposes. It is important to know the kind of information you are looking for and which search engine will help you find the information most efficiently.

Search Engines
Search EngineDescriptionLink
Google

Most used search engine on the World Wide Web.

https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl
Yahoo!

Web search engine

https://search.yahoo.com
Ask

A question answering search engine.

http://www.ask.com
Google Scholar

Scholarly resources - peer reviewed journals and books

https://scholar.google.com
WolframAlpha

A knowledge engine that answers factual queries by computing the answer.

http://www.wolframalpha.com
Yahooligans

A search engine for children ages 4 - 12.

http://www.squirrelnet.com/search/yk/yahooligans.asp
Dogpile

A search engine that gathers results from Google and Yahoo!.

http://www.dogpile.com
Directory

A directory is a searchable index that uses people instead of web robots to compile collections of information.

Directories
DirectoryDescriptionLink
Internet Public Library

A directory run by librarians.

http://www.ipl.org
World Wide Web Virtual Library

The first index of content on the World Wide Web. It still runs today as a directory of e-texts and information.

http://vlib.org