W3 Search Engines

This documents collects some of the most useful search engines available on the WWW. Omissions are the fault of the maintainer. Suggestions for additions are welcome! Submit buttons have now been added to accommodate non-Mosaic browsers.

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), and the External Info page at Twente University.

For registering a new URL we suggest to use Scott Banister's Submit It service.

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Last update of original source on November 25, 1994.
Last update of this copy on April 30, 1996.

Information Servers

List-based WWW Catalogs

InfoSeek Net Search

CUI World Wide Web Catalog

Yahoo Search Engine

Global Network Academy Meta-Library

Aliweb (Archie-like search at Munich University of Technology)

See also:
Aliweb at Nexor
The-InIS (Sam Hopkins's The-Inter.net's Info Server)
Find-it! (Paul Sarena's info collection)
Ricerca page
NlightN Hot Page

Spider-based WWW Catalogs

WebCrawler (Search WWW document content) AND words together

Open Text Search

RBSE's URL database (Search WWW document full text)

JumpStation II Search limit

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

Other Catalogs

Lycos WWW search engine at Carnegie Mellon University

Veronica (Gopher directory search)

Search the Web at EINet Galaxy

Veronica subset (Gopher directory search) at EINet Galaxy

Jughead (Gopher directory search)

WAIS directory-of-servers index (gateway access)

WAIS directory-of-servers index (direct access)

Thesaurus Search

The Whole Internet Catalog
Tsunami surfing page
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Archieplex (Swiss server at SWITCH)

The Language List

The Free Compilers List

The Free Database List

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

See also:
Nexor's Mac Software Catalog
Iconix WWW PowerPage
SoftInfo SearchPage
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WhoWhere Search (suggested by Greg Sherwin)

Netfind gateway (name key key ...)

Finger gateway at Digital CRL

Finger gateway at mit.edu

Ph gateway at

UFN Search (X.500 directory)

See also:
FOUR11 Directory Services
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Rik Harris' Abstracts Index

The Unified CS TR Index

Computer Science TR Archive Sites

OO Bibliography (object-oriented and related papers)

Gopher Catalog of Electronic Texts

See also:
Cornell University's Technical Report Library
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WAIS FAQ Search at Utrecht University

HTTP FAQ Search (broken?)

Gopher FAQ Search

Search news.announce.conferences

Search today's usenet news

Conference Announcement Archive (moderated by Juergen Wagner)
Zippo News Service
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Big Dummy Search

NCSA Docfinder

BSD/386 Hypertext Man Pages

CUI Computer Science Library

See also:
Nexor's Public Services
RFC index at Nexor
Internet Draft Index at Nexor
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Other Interesting Things

Hacker's Jargon

Acronym Search

Say (Text to Speech Translator)

Sherlock (Catalog of Real Estate Listings)

See also:
American recordings
WIRED Archive
Thomas Register of American Manufacturers
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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!