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W3 Search Engines / W3-Suchmaschinen

Local copy of (2001-01-24)

Please note: This is a copy of a historic web page which is not updated. Most (or possibly all) links will not work anymore!

This documents collects some of the most useful search engines available on the WWW.

Some interesting information sources are
available only through specialized software.
If you are willing to install new software on your
computer to access them, check our new page
tools for information access

Links that appeared to be broken are in a separate page. Please let me know if one of those is still available!

NB: If you find this page especially useful, why not install a local copy on your machine? It will work from anywhere. [The original source of this page is at CUI] You may also be interested in trying out Martijn Koster's CUSI (Configurable Unified Search Interface), or visiting Search Engine Watch site which provides detailed information on how search engines work, along with tips on getting better results.

Looking for:

See also: our list of Career & Jobs related sites

Last update of this list on April 20th, 2000.

Information Servers

List-based WWW Catalogs

Global Network Academy Meta-Library
InfoSeek Net Search
Yahoo Search Engine

See also:

Aeiwi - user friendly search engine.
AgriBOT - Canada's Online Agricultural Directory
L'Annuaire francophone - annuaire thématique francophone.
Aliweb at Nexor
Breizhat - le guide l'Internet breton
CanadaOne - Canadian Online Business Ressources.
The Canadian, Eh? - Showcasing Canada's Best Family Safe Web Sites!
Canadopedia - "La Toile du Canada"
Caribseek - Caribbean search directory
Click And Search
EC rider - Categorized and reviewed sites in the Netherlands
Cycle Search - Search engine for Motorcycle Web Sites
Embassy World - Embassy and Consulate Search Engine
Egypt Search - Egypt-related web sites directory.
Fat Head Search
Find-it! - Paul Sarena's info collection)
Godado - United Kingdom and Italy. - Internet Guide to Greece - Golf Site.
Greek Indexer
Hellenic Resources Network
Hot Lava
InfoBase International
Insectclopedia - lists sites related to insects.
Lifestyle.UK - Categorised (10'000+)links, geographically sorted under 87 different headings.
LII - Librarians' Index to the Internet.
Max - Search in South African Web
OmniTree - Categorised (~60 000) links about Computers
OzSearch Internet Guide - An all-Australian web directory. - The Greek Portal
Phantis - Greek Portal
Point Of Origin - family safe links, fast results with true content web sites
Presseweb - catalogue du Webdo des sites de journaux
Rambler - in Russian
Robby - The Hellenic Search Engine
Russia on the net
SearchLite - parent/child friendly directory.
Sharelook Deutschland - Die schnelle Netzsuche (auf Deutsch).
Sharelook France - (en français)
Sharelook Italia - (in italiano)
Study Web - reviews and categorizes over 20,000 focused academic sites.
TioSam - brasilian portal (in portuguese)
La Toile du Québec - in German
World Wide News - a big worldwide directory of online newspapers.
Z-Search - Search engine for WebTV

Spider-based WWW Catalogs


JumpStation II Search limit

Northern Light
WebCrawler (Search WWW document content) AND words together
See also:

All The Web
Ananzi - Largest portal in Africa
Australian WebSearch. - Your Canadian Internet Search Engine.
CEEm@il Search - General Search Engine
Fireball - search engine in German
It News & Search Engines
Maple Square - Canadian search engine
NewZealand WebSearch. - search engine for the Space community
Splat Search
SwissGuide - lists 60'000 Swiss sites.
Websearch - search engines for Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom or Hong Kong.
Zebra - Another South African search engine.

Note. The NIKOS search engine is permanently out of commision. Instead of it use NetScape's search page.

Natural language queries

Ask Jeeves

Other Catalogs

Altavista main site
Swiss mirror of Altavista
Lycos WWW search engine at Carnegie Mellon University

Veronica (Gopher directory search)

EINet Galaxy

Jughead (Gopher directory search)

Thesaurus Search


Karnak - find and accumulate a personal library of knowledge.
Les pages web Plus de 4.000.000 pages en langue française
Orb Search (was Planet Search)
Tsunami surfing page

Other Meta-Search Engines

All4one - sends simple queries to AltaVista, Lycos, Webcrawler and Excite
AllSearchEngines - All about search engines.
Apollo7 - German-language Metasearch with high-performance
Black Widow search engine
External Info - page at Twente University.
Fujo - You can save your searches for future reference.
Inference Find - the Intelligent Fast Parallel Web Search.
LastminuteSearch - use national search services.
ioport - MetaSearch and more
MacroSearch - Australian meta-search and search engines list.
MatchSite - a parallel search engine
MonsterCrawler - also mp3
Net2day - takes few seconds, then display available results. - the WebSearch search engine without images
OneSearch - "it only takes OneSearch"
One2Seek Metasearch
Surfboard - Meta-search engine in Dutch
Proteus - metasearch tool suite
SavvySearch - search once, find everything - Get There Faster
Search Buddy - Meta-search engine with an original interface.
Search Engines Galore - hundred of search engines!
Search engines worldwide - sorted by country suite.
Search Freak - meta-search engine, includes a submission page, searching for people and more.
Search Spaniel - lets you use as many search engines as you like simultaneously.
searchspell - spellcheck your request before searching the web.
SeekAmerica - meta search engine for north and south america.
SiFMuG - (Surfing Internet Facilitated Multipurpose Unified Gateway) references a huge list of search engines. - German language based meta search engine
TekSphere Stealth Search Anonymiser - search a site and surf anonymously.
WebInfoSearch - also job,price and people meta-search.
Web Search - Internet Guide and Reference

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Archieplex (new server under construction)

The Language List

The Free Compilers List

The Free Database List

keyword in SW archive using VSL Master Site (formerly Shase).

See also:

FTP search
Infoware - allows you to locate a specific business or organizational software package
Nexor's Mac Software Catalog

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WhoWhere The Way To Find People On The Web

Netfind gateway (name key key ...)

Finger gateway at

UFN Search (X.500 directory)

See also:

Aquent Talent Finder - The Search Engine for Independent Professionals (IPs): Freelancers, Free Agents, Contractors, Consultants, Self-Employed.
FOUR11 Directory Services
Perso-Search - L'outil de recherche exclusivement reserve aux Pages personnelles - search engine for British Columbia business and personal internet ressources
Who? Me? - search through a database of notes to see if any of them are meant for you

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Braintrack - Over 5300 Links to Higher Educational Institutions in 152 Countries
CampusRegistry - a directory of current college students and alumni of every college in the world.
CityCollege - The Ultimate University and College Directory in North America
PedagoNet - a learning resources search engine.
World University List.

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Search for people and places in Hypatia Electronic  Library

Search for books and papers in Hypatia Electronic Library

The Unified CS TR Index

Computer Science TR Archive Sites

OO Bibliography (object-oriented and related papers)

See also:

Cornell University's Technical Report Library

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News/FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Gopher FAQ Search
Internet FAQ archives
WAIS FAQ Search at Utrecht University


Conference Announcement Archive - (moderated by Juergen Wagner) - archive of Usenet newsgroups
NewsGuy News Service

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Big Dummy Search

BSD/386 Hypertext Man Pages

CUI Computer Science Library

See also:

Alex - Alex Catalogue of Electronic texts (previously Gopher Catalog of Electronic Texts) - XML Context-based Search Processor.
Internet Draft Index at Nexor
Nexor's Public Services
RFC index at Nexor - The Webmaster's Reference Library

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Business, online catalogs and shopping sites

AME Info - information about 200,000 companies from 13 Middle East countries.
BusinessWeb - source for business knowledge.
Buyer's Index - Search over 17,000 online retailers and mail order catalogs by specific products and categories
Global Biz - business directory.
Present Picker - an editorial gift site that lets you select from over 190 criterias for a perfect gift from hundreds of websites - UK business finder.
Speedy Pete's Internet Directory - Internet directory of company's web sites.
The Net One - Directory of business and services
Thomas Register of American Manufacturers

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Other Interesting Things

Acronym Search

Say (Text to Speech Translator)

See also:

MusicFarm - Search for Music
WIRED Archive

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Search with human assistance

Information Outpost
Human search - provide human searching assistance - live human search

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Domain names

AMNESI - helps you find Internet server - search for domain names using multiple keywords
Presence Web - the domain name search engine (DNS names)
TargetDomain - Global domain name search tools (Name wizards, WHOIS, deleeted and similar names, name watch, etc.)
TekSphere Web Master Tools

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URL/Site registration

Site name

Search engines


Add-it Pro 300 $9.95
Add Site 900 free
Aeon/ 81 free
All 4 one Submission Machine 6 free 1500 $19
Higher-Hits 400 $10
IOPORT Submit Service 8 free 100 free
Site See 370 $10
ShopTown 8 free
Submit Express 30 free
800+ $24.95
Submit It 400 $60 for 2 URLs
Submit Shack 400 free 1500 DM 98
600 DM 65 12-500 $19-$1299
WEB-Submit! 400 $12
Web-Toolz 450 $30

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add in form - german and international post codes.
Lender Locator - search engine for mortgage industry in the USA
The Internet Lost and Found - Free directory listings for lost and found animals and items in the US and worldwide. - searchengine for all WAP mobile phones (in German)

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See also: CUI's collected search engines.

This page was originally inspired by NCSA's Experimental Search Engine Meta-Index.

Thanks to all who have contributed suggestions!

Disclaimer: There is no warranty for the validity of the given links, and any kind of liability for the contents of the linked pages is excluded.

(Note: this is only a local copy which might not be up to date!)

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