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HOW TO SEARCH EFFECTIVELY

Digging for Data
An outstanding assortment of useful articles including info about Internet directories, search engines, online databases, etc. including The Interactive Search Engine Tutorial, an excellent step-by-step guide which includes an overview (in plain english with examples) of advanced search techniques.
Learn the Net
http://www.learnthenet.com/english/section/digdat.html

How to Search the World Wide Web: A Tutorial for Beginners and Non-Experts
Includes the basics of search methods and tools along with the proper use of keyword search operators; more detailed and advanced information is provided separately in the Appendix.
David P. Habib and Robert L. Balliot
http://204.17.98.73/midlib/tutor.htm

Internet Searchers
Describes both the positive and negative features of different types of search engines; provides links grouped by category.
John Shivers
http://www.hypernews.org/HyperNews/get/www/searching/12.html

Search the Net
Review of top Internet search tools. Evaluations are provided for search engines, directories and online libraries -- find out which will work best for specific tasks. Includes specific suggestions and instructions for conducting effective searches (and make sense of the advance search techniques for each engine).
Tracy Marks
http://www.windweaver.com/searchtools.htm

How to Choose the Search Tools You Need
An outstanding overview of many common (and not-so-common) Internet Search Engines; includes description of features and guidelines for effective use.
Library, University of California, Berkeley
http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/TeachingLib/Guides/Internet/ToolsTables.html

Search IQ Reviews: Search Tool Performance
Independent search engine and directory reviews and tips. Major search engines are evaluated and listed with their searchIQ score so you can evaluate their performance and determine WHICH will work best for you.
Search IQ
http://www.searchiq.com/reviews/

Search Engines   and   Metasearch Engines
Extremely fast-loading, minimal graphics page with forms for many search engines. If you know which ones you want to try, this page is MUCH quicker to access than the search engines, themselves. The page of Metasearch Engines is especially helpful, since each one collects resources from many other engines.
Chuck Langenberg
http://search.langenberg.com/   http://metasearch.langenberg.com/

All-in-One Search Page
This site provides a compilation of various Internet search engines; each one is presented with a brief description and includes a standardized search form.
William Cross
http://www.allonesearch.com/

Free Translation Site
This easy-to-use site provides rapid translations when you need to get the "gist" of foreign language text or web pages; this free service (for personal, non-commercial use only) translates to and from French, German and Spanish as well as into Italian and Portugese.
Transparent Language, Inc.
http://www.freetranslation.com/

Google
Google returns high-quality search results so you don't have to sift through junk. They also retain cached copies of pages, so you may be able to find what's no longer online!! More about Google answers all your questions.
Google
http://www.google.com/

Starting Point
Allows you to try a variety of search engines on the same keyword(s). Also available: PowerSearch Reference:   The fastest way to search reference resources on the web.
http://stpt.com

MetaCrawler
Provides a summary of results from several major search engines. It provides fewer "hits" but seems to target them better. NOTE: If you have a "slow" connection and you turn off "images" this site is outrageously fast!
http://www.go2net.com/

Matilda International DogPile Search
AAA World Search Engines -- select a specific country to target your search.
AAA World Search Engines
http://matilda.aaa.com.au/images/logos/searches/world/

Web Ferret
Download this powerful search utility for finding web pages on the Net. Not only is this a very easy-to-use software program, it's FREE!! Web Ferret's key features include:
  • uses standard Windows95/NT4.0 interface
  • search for any or all keywords, or an exact phrase
  • provides VERY rapid search results
  • double click the results for easy access using your preferred browser
FerretSoft
http://www.ferretsoft.com/netferret/

InfoBear's web interface to WHOIS
Use whois to find information on a domain name, hostname or IP address. Includes access to the following:
  • whois.arin.net - American Registry for Internet Numbers
  • whois.ripe.net - European IP Address Allocations
  • whois.apnic.net - Asia Pacific IP Address Allocations
  • whois.nic.mil - US Military
  • whois.nic.gov - US Government
http://www.infobear.com/whois.shtml

Web Interface to Whois
Trying to figure out if a Domain Name has already been reserved (and by whom), or WHO to contact about a site, etc.? For non-military and non-US government domains and contacts, Whois is the tool you want (links are included to other whois servers).
Network Solutions, Inc.
http://www.networksolutions.com/cgi-bin/whois/whois
Want a domain name?
See if it's available:

BetterWhois.com
Search for a domain name across all registrars, including new registrars. Links to all active and pending registrars and allows users to receive detailed domain reports via e-mail.
BetterWhois.com
http://www.betterwhois.com/
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Find People:   Locate email addresses, telephone numbers, etc:

PersonFinder
Find a person in the Phone Book or use Reverse Directory cross-references. Provides forms to access a variety of search engines.
Chuck Langenberg
http://person.langenberg.com/

Freeality Reverse Lookup and E-Mail Search
Provides reverse phonebooks, Email and other look-up resources all in one place, along with a variety of other search tools.
Freeality Internet Search
http://www.reverse-lookup.com/findet.htm

Switchboard
Find People or Businesses on the Web
http://www2.switchboard.com/

WhoWhere
Search the 'Net for:
  • E-mail Addresses;
  • Personal Home Pages;
  • Companies Online
http://whowhere.com/

Four11
The Internet White Pages
http://www.four11.com/

InfoUSA - White Pages
Find a person in North America or Europe (does NOT provide the email address). Handy Region/Metro Search feature is available (U.S. only) which allows you to check an entire region or metro area containing the specified city, also available: Email, Yellow Pages and Reverse Look-up!!
infoUSA
http://www.infospace.com/info.abii/index_ppl.htm

3D People Finder
The good ol' Lycos PeopleFind is no longer available; instead, you can try out the beta version of this search utility. You may want to read the system requirements before using this relatively large Java applet.
Lycos
http://www.whowhere.lycos.com/ThreeD/3D_f.html

Starting Point's PowerSearch Reference
Allows you to try a variety of resource search engines on the same name, business, organization, etc.   The fastest way to search reference resources on the web.
http://www.starting-point.com/refer/refer.html

Newspaper Zone
Trying to locate a newspaper in a particular area? Check this state-by-state listing of local newspapers (the menu provides pages for other countries, too).
Central California Conference of the Seventh-day Adventists
http://ccc.adventist.org/pastors/resources/newspapers/usa.html

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Find Places:   Area Codes, Zip Codes, Maps, Census Info, etc.

How far is it?
Calculates the distance between any two places in the world based on the latitude and longitude. Maps and driving directions are also available.
Darrell Kindred
http://www.indo.com/distance/

Tiger Map Server Search for a place (US):  
Browse a Tiger Map of a specified area or look up 1990 Census data. You can even specify which of the dozens of census data fields you want included.
US Gazetteer
http://tiger.census.gov/links.html
City:
State (optional):
or zip code:

Area Codes,   Zip Codes   and   Maps
References city to area code or area code to city; access Zip codes and US Census Bureau Information; use a variety of map utilities.
Chuck Langenberg
http://areacodes.langenberg.com/   http://zip.langenberg.com/

ZIP Code Lookup and Address Information
Do you ever use Snail Mail? This resource may help.; useful FAQ included.
United States Postal Service
http://www.usps.gov/ncsc/

UPS Shipment Tracking
Want to find out where that package is? Plug in your tracking code and find out EXACTLY where it is on its journey!! Also available: United Parcel Service of America, Inc.
http://www.ups.com/using/services/rave/rate.html

Tracker
Use these search forms to track your parcel with a variety of different carriers, including: FedEx, UPS, US Postal Service, Airborne Express, and Eagle USA.
AltaVista
http://shopping.altavista.com/tracker.sdc

AccuWeather Pittsburgh Weather Report.
  Fast and Easy Online Weather Information (also available by email); get current conditions and a local five-day or 10-day forecast for your location; planet and moon rise and set times (also, graphical stages of the moon with dates).
Accuweather, Inc.
http://www.accuweather.com/
Your Local Weather
 
Zipcode (or city, state)

National Weather Service
Explore the Internet Weather Site which includes:
  • U.S. and State Maps
  • Marine reports, Radar Graphics
  • Weather Maps
  • Aviation Weather
  • International Weather Conditions for the past 24 hours world-wide
Use the NOAA Site Map to check the resources available from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or explore local or regional resources, such as Pittsburgh Climate Data for Current and Prior Months.
National Weather Service
http://www.nws.noaa.gov/

UM WeatherSite
UM Weather, the most comprehensive and up-to-date source of weather data on the Web, provides access to thousands of forecasts and images, as well as a vast collection of weather links.
The Weather Underground / University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.
http://cirrus.sprl.umich.edu/wxnet/

Average Temperatures Worldwide
This site provides a consise summary of climactic conditions for selected cities. Includes both average and record high and low temperatures for each month, as well as the average dew point and the average precipitation. Find out what it's typically like "elsewhere" and easily compare cities in the Caribbean, Europe, or the US , such as Pittsburgh, PA and sister city Edinburgh, Scotland.
Condo Vacation Concepts
http://www.condoconcepts.com/temp.htm

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Also see: How to Search Effectively: Digging for Data
Search the Web

Search Engines   and   Metasearch Engines
Extremely fast-loading, minimal graphics page with forms for many search engines. If you know which ones you want to try, this page is MUCH quicker to access than the search engines, themselves. The page of Metasearch Engines is especially helpful, since each one collects resources from many other engines.
Chuck Langenberg
http://search.langenberg.com/   http://metasearch.langenberg.com/

All-in-One Search Page
This site provides a compilation of various Internet search engines; each one is presented with a brief description and includes a standardized search form.
William Cross
http://www.allonesearch.com/

Infoseek
If you know what you're looking for, Infoseek will allow you to narrow down the sites returned by searching only within the previous results. Depending on the topic, you could start with millions of hits, narrow it to thousands, then hundreds and finally just to a dozen or so....   Also available: Ultra Infoseek which provides additional options; you can even narrow the search to a specific nation.
http://www.infoseek.com/

Starting Point
Allows you to try a variety of search engines on the same keyword(s). Also available: PowerSearch Reference:   The fastest way to search reference resources on the web.
http://stpt.com

Web Ferret
Download this powerful search utility for finding web pages on the Net. Not only is this a very easy-to-use software program, it's FREE!! Web Ferret's key features include:
  • uses standard Windows95/NT4.0 interface
  • search for any or all keywords, or an exact phrase
  • provides VERY rapid search results
  • double click the results for easy access using your preferred browser
FerretSoft
http://www.ferretsoft.com/netferret/

Web Interface to Whois
Trying to figure out if a Domain Name has already been reserved (and by whom), or WHO to contact about a site, etc.? For non-military and non-US government domains and contacts, Whois is the tool you want (links are included to other whois servers).
Network Solutions, Inc.
http://www.networksolutions.com/cgi-bin/whois/whois
Want a domain name?
See if it's available:

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