Net Search

Below are the tools that will help you find anything in the known Universe. If one tool doesn't find it, try another.

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News | InfoSeek | Yahoo | WWW Indexes | Robot-Generated WWW Indexes
Other Internet Indexes | Software | People | Documents | Dictionaries

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InfoSeek is one of the most popular search tools on the Web. Enter your request and run your query. For more powerful searches try using InfoSeek's special query operators:

Yahoo is considered one of the most comprehensive directories on the World Wide Web. Yahoo offers two services, a search feature and a directory of what's on the Web. Using the directory categories can be very helpful if you don't know exactly what you're looking for.

WWW Indexes
These are manual indexes of WWW-based information. Manual indexes can give you more accurate searches (and less clutter), but tend to give info that's at least a few days old.

The CUI W3 Catalog is a fairly comprehensive semi-automated index. Our ALIWEB is a public service resource discovery system for the WWW. The GNA Meta-Library can be out of date, but has got non-WWW references also. CityScape's Global On-Line Directory is yet another "ultimate Internet reference". DA-CLOD is a database where anybody can add URLs. The comp.infosystems.announce search engine can locate usenet articles. The UK Index is a manually maintained index of resources in the UK

Robot-Generated WWW Indexes
These indexes of WWW-based resources are generated by robots, and therefore very complete, but are more likely to find too much information.

The Lycos robot is probably the largest. The WebCrawler is smaller, but more up-to-date. The comprehensive Harvest Resource Discovery system has a demo database of WWW Pages. The EInet Galaxy also has a subject tree. Open Text is another big commercial database. JumpStation is an index in the UK, which is not actively maintained.

If these don't help, try the RBSE URL Search or Nikos.

Other Internet Indexes
These are not WWW-based, but may well be of interest.

The Whole Internet Catalog is an up-to-date copy of the appendix in Ed Krol's The Whole Internet Guide. Veronica searches Gopherspace, but is very busy and often gives far too many matches to be useful. The WAIS Directory of servers will find relevant WAIS sources. The Clearinghouse for Subject-Oriented Internet Resource Guides has lists of resource guides.

ArchiePlex is a full-featured Archie gateway for the web, and locates files on Anonymous FTP sites. The Language List and the Free Compilers and Interpreters List should be obvious. Our Mac Software Catalog is a Web view of Michigan's Mac Archive. The PC Windows Archives are part of the HENSA/Micros archive, and the Unix Archive is also maintained by HENSA in the UK.

You might also check out the Virtual Shareware Library (SHASE), with search engines for UNIX, Mac, Windows, DOS, Atari, Amiga etc.


There is no single good way for finding people on the internet. The NetFind Gopher uses a number of different sources to locate people. This UFN Search will find people in the X.500 directory. You can query the Internet domains database to look for organizations on the net.

For Internet related standards and proposed standards you can use the RFC Index Search and Internet Draft Index Search at NEXOR. The Unified CS TR Index gives nice HTLM abstracts, and Rick Harris maintains a WAIS database of Computer Science Technical Reports. The SEL-HPC Article Archive contains databases on High Performance Computing and other disciplines. The CIA World Factbook is the 1993 edition. Alex is a Catalogue of Electronic Texts on the Internet.


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