First of all, kid-safe-engines
Ask Jeeves for Kids
A natural language search engine that is filtered. By natural language, you can enter in questions like "why is the sky blue." Try it now!
Yahooligans: A database of about 20,000 sites that are kid safe. You can search or select from a directory.
You must first register with this service, but once you do, any search done is filtered.
OneKey: A closed search engine that requires web sites to meet an editorial policy.
Education World: A database of 56,000 sites.
Classroom Connect: A search engine designed for K-12 educators and students.
Study Web: 73,000 "research quality" web sites.
KidsClick!: Put together by librarians for kids, the database, as of July, 1998, contained about 2600 records. It is well-organized and easy to use, though not as thorough as the others.
Lycos Kids - a directory of kids' sites
Disney Dig Internet Guide
WebCrawler Kids and Family Channel
Common search engines:
All 4 One Search Page: Combines four search engines: Alta Vista, Lycos, Yahoo and WebCrawler into one page. A little confusing but has the advantage of letting you enter information only once.
Alta Vista: A fast and comprehensive search engine that is scanning the entire web. It may overwhelm you with information, however. Use Alta Vista's Advance Search - it allows you to use "and" "or" or "not" as part of your search. The company is now taking $ in exchange for higher placement of listings.
AOL NetFind: A good general-purpose search tool with listings of "web centers" as well as a text-based search tool.
AskJeeves: Lets you type in questions in natural language.
Britannica Internet Guide: Encyclopedia Britannica's scheme to organize the web. An excellent set of categories and selected sites.
Deja.Com: Search through Newsgroups.
Dogpile: Quickly searches multiple search engines.
EuroSeek: A general search engine aimed at the European market.
Excite: Lets you search the web by word or concept. You can also search Usenet newsgroups, web sites that have been reviewed.
Find It Fast: Microsoft's multi-search engine tool that lets you quickly search via several popular search engines.
Google: A research oriented search engine based at Stanford University, using "several key technologies to generate search results of unprecedented accuracy and quality." Google has come a long way since then !!!!
GoTo.Com: Advertisers pay to be listed high on this search engine so, when you do a search the first listings you find may have been placed there because of $, not relevance. Yet, it does find other listings so it's worth using.
Hotbot: Lets you use Boolean phrases but also has a pull down menu that lets you limit your search by date, region or domain type and other criteria. It is really quite advanced.
Inference Find a search tool that "calls out in parallel all the best search engines on the internet, merges the results, removes redundancies, and clusters the results into neat understandable groupings".
InfoSpace: A well-organized search engine for finding "people, places and things." Includes Yellow Pages and White Pages searches.
InfoSeek: Lets you search by word or by category. You can choose to search web, newsgroups, company database, e-mail addresses and "InfoSeek Select Sites."
LiveLink Pinstrip: Internet search site designed specifically for business users... Livelink Pinstripe ensures highly targeted searches, indexing only the Web pages that are pertinent to business users.
LookSmart: Graphically pleasing, it uses AltaVista's Search engine to find what it doesn't already list in its table of contents. Check out the "Search by Media" option at the bottom of the page to find audio, video and images.
Lycos: Fast searching by key word or by category. Includes a sophisticated custom search option.
Microsoft Yellow Pages and Net Search: You can find a business or a web page from this site.
Netscape Netcenter: Uses Excite to search the web but has its own directory.
Northern Light: organizes the results into custom search folders that make it easier to find material on specific subjects. The search engine also find your search term in its "special collection" of "over 3,400 journals, books, magazines, databases and newswires." The search is free but you pay $1 per article to read special collection documents.
NoSearch: Not really a search engine but a well organize directory of sites broken down by categories.
Snap: A good all-purpose search engine that offers both a table of contents to the web and a free text search.
The Internet Sleuth: Searches 2,00 databases. Let's you search one or many databases at a time.
WebCrawler: Lets you search by word or by category. You can see either the title or a summary.
Yahoo: Yahoo is a database of sites. It does not search the entire net. That's its strong point because you're not overwhelmed with information. Its weak point is that it's not as complete as other search engines. Yahoo has agreed to incorporate Alta Vista for broader net searching.