- Google – Google UK – Google Image Search
Google is a search engine that makes heavy use of link popularity as a primary way to rank web sites. Users across the web have in essence voted for good sites by linking to them.
- Ask Jeeves – Jeeves For Kids – Ask Jeeves UK
Innovative online search service that processes plain-language queries with surprising accuracy.
- Lycos – Lycos UK
Lycos has been around since the early days of the net and is still one of the most popular search engines. The service employs human editors for some of its listings, complemented by crawler-based results. The name Lycos comes from the Latin for “wolf spider.”
- Alta Vista – Alta Vista UK –
An awesome site from Digital, it maintains a HUGE index with powerful and FAST search functions. Coverage is excellent so it is good for broad searching and for offbeat subjects but you can be overwhelmed by too many hits. The Advanced Search is useful for finding images, MP3/audio and video files, and there’s the useful Babelfish Translator .
- LookSmart – Looksmart UK
LookSmart is the closest rival Yahoo has, in terms of being a human-compiled directory of the web. The high quality of the directory is thanks to a team of nearly 200 full-time professional editors.
- Yahoo! – Yahoo UK
Yahoo is the web’s most popular search service and has a well-deserved reputation for helping people find information easily. The secret to Yahoo’s success is human beings. It is the largest human-compiled guide to the web, employing 80 or more editors in an effort to categorize the web. Yahoo has at least 1 million sites listed.
- MSN (Microsoft)
Microsoft’s MSN service features both directory listings and search engine results. Powered by Inktomi, this is now one of the most powerful search engines.
- BBC – Search The Web
The BBC’s “family friendly” search engine, based on Google search technology. Results are clear, uncluttered, relevant, and commercial free. “Our results are the ones that best match your search words – not the ones advertisers want you to see.” Excellent!
Gigablast is a new search-engine that looks set to challenge Google. It’s been set up by a New Mexican Software Engineer, and already producing great search results.
- GO Network
Go is the reincarnation of Infoseek, a newly designed site claiming to have enhanced capabilities, with a 50% larger search index and search results pages that are 30% faster. It offers portal features such as personalization and free e-mail.
This search engine has a great many loyal fans. It very often comes up with the goods where other engines fail.
- Open Directory
NetScape’s Open Directory Project aims to build the most comprehensive human-reviewed directory of the web, by relying on a vast army of volunteer editors.
- Teoma Search
Teoma, which means “expert” in Gaelic, determines the authority or quality of a site’s content, by using Subject-Specific Popularity. Subject-Specific Popularity ranks a site based on the number of same-subject pages that reference it, not just general popularity.
- FAST Search
One of the new generation of search services, armed with next-generation technology. FAST aims to be bigger, speedier and more accurate than the existing major search engines.
- Multi Search
Multi Search is a powerful tool which will search all the top search engines with one click.
One of the first and biggest search engines, and it still produces highly relevant results.
This is a VERY nice site – a little sense of humour, very professionally done.
This is a great directory. HandiLinks listings are all organized into a hierarchical index and it’s fast and easy-to-use. It has extensive categorization, and uses a frame design that aids rather than getting in the way of searches.
Snap.com is a human-compiled directory of web sites, supplemented by search results. It aims to challenge Yahoo as the champion of categorizing the web.
A useful multimedia search engine. Use it to find audio, video, images and animation Scour.Net takes you directly to the multimedia you are searching for, quickly and easily.
- AAA Matilda
The most popular search engine outside of North America. Matilda is a very individual search engine from Australia, and growing rapidly in popularity.
- UK Plus
UK Plus features reviews of UK-relevant sites, prepared by a team of journalists. Reviews are grouped into various channels, covering everything from Arts and Business to Travel and Work. They are also searchable.
- Direct Hit
This Popularity Engine tracks the sites that people actually select from the search results list. By analyzing the activity of millions of previous Internet searchers, Direct Hit determines the most popular and relevant sites for your search request.
Sends a search to a customizable list of search engines, directories and specialty search sites.
- Britannica Internet Guide
This site strives to list only the highest quality sites on the Net. It’s now integrated into the Britannicca.com website, so you get a high-quality search engine and encyclopaedia at the same time.
This is a metacrawler, in other words it searches several other search engines in order to obtain its results. Rapidly gaining in popularity as a web portal.
A human reviewed searchable directory to over 2700 specialty and regional search engines, vortals, portals, topical guides, specialized directories and the best web sites.
A search engine that gives ratings for each site.
ANZWERS (Australian and New Zealand Web Enquiry and Research System) offers visitors the ability to quickly conduct region and domain specific searches.
Sends search requests to seven major search engines.
Allows you to send a query to one or more news sites from one location. Hundreds of sites are listed, by country and by category.
EuroSeek is distinguished from other such engines by a multi-lingual interface.
- Your WebScout
A popular index of the Net’s best Web sites, discussion groups and archives.
- Northern Light
A professional researchers’ favourite, because it organises material so well by topic. Based in Canada.
An excellent website directory, that doesn’t overwhelm with too many sites.
- BrightGate MetaSearch
Searches over 20 search engines using a parallel metasearch.
HotBot’s news-only search service.
UKMax allows users to search only pages within the .uk domain or perform a worldwide search. It also offers some directory listings, regional news content, weather reports, and portal features such as portfolio tracking.
Lists UK-related domains.
- Global Online Directory (GOD)
UK based search engine.
GoTo is the only major search engine which sells listings. Companies can pay money to be placed higher in the search results, which GoTo feels improves relevancy.
- Internet Sleuth
Allows you to search the standard search engine choices or a huge number of specialty sites, all from the same place.
- Search Spaniel
This dog sniffs out several of major search engines at the same time, or you can choose to do the same with an extensive list of specialty search services, such as for entertainment or employment information.
Metacrawler type engine.
BOTBOT parallel search engine and Web Directory – Get multiple results using advanced parallel search technology. Search the Web, News, MP3, Images, Audio, Video and more. Comes up with some good results.
- UK Index
Lists sites based in the UK or that are UK-relevant.
Similar to Dogpile, except that searches only go to search engines.
The author of MetaCrawler continues research into information retrieval with this University of Washington-based metacrawler.
UK directory and search engine.
Massive directory listing over 4,600 health related websites in 150 categories.
Other Search Engine related sites:
Excite Search Voyeur
See what other users are searching for on the Excite search engine. Updates every few seconds, and you can click on each query to see the results.
McKinley Search Voyeur
Similar to the Excite Search Voyeur.
Search Engine Watch
Contains listings of general-purpose search engines, meta search engines and specialty search engines, along with detailed searching tips, a newsletter, and reviews and tests to keep you up to date with what is hot and what is not.
This Guide to Portals offers regular coverage of the major web portals: Comparison chart, feature reviews, regular analysis, and daily web portal news.
With What-U-Seek you can add a professional-level search engine to your web site in five minutes or less.
Other Search Engines:
Enter a query, select a search engine from those listed, and results pop up in a new window.
University of Kansas metacrawler that allows searches of up to six major search engines and also provides broken link detection.
InFind is “The Intelligent Massively Fast Parallel Web Search”, which will search all the major search engines in the blink of an eyelid, then categorize the results under useful headings. Excellent!
And the end of all our searching shall be to return to the place where we started and know it for the first time.
– T.S. Eliot