Search Service lets you type
in your phrase and then it looks through its index of web sites for a
match. This is better if you are looking for something very specific,
such as a company's web site or information on a health problem.
A Subject Guide provides a list of subjects which you go through
to find the information you are looking for. This is better if you
are just interested in browsing through and seeing what's available, such
as looking for magazines on the web or web sites about gardening.
Note that many of these Search
Services are also Subject Guides. Most search services also allow you to search
for pictures and photos -- just click on the "Images" option.
About.com -- more than just a search
engine, this site is also an excellent subject guide to the internet; each
section is run by a "guide" who keeps on top of the latest
news, best sites, etc. for that particular subject
All the Web -- this site
aims to index the entire Web, including web pages, documents, and PDF files.
Alta Vista -- Very comprehensive
search service; also includes Babel Fish, which can translate words, phrases or
Ask.com -- What appears to be a very basic
search screen leads to options to expand or narrow your search. Spelling
corrections are made automatically when possible. This revamped service
has received rave reviews lately!
Google -- Beyond just a search service, Google now provides access to maps and directions, email
accounts, news stories, and just about anything else you
can think of. Check out their list of services at More
Ixquick Metasearch -- claims to
be the most powerful metasearch engine on the internet; searches many different
search engines at once to find results
Yahoo -- excellent for looking up
companies and basic information; also a fairly good subject guide
Internet Public Library -- one of
the first true virtual libraries; good collections for all ages, and in
most subjects; their Pathfinder
guides provide good starting points for many different types of searches
Librarian's Index to the Internet
-- more than 20,000 Internet resources selected and evaluated by librarians,
divided into 14 main topics and nearly 300 related topics.
LibrarySpot -- for information
on everything from how to write a paper to acronyms to virtual tours, this
is one of the best places to go for help
See also the Business page for other name and
address directories. Note that most directories take their listings
from telephone listings. Different directories will likely have different
information, and unlisted telephone numbers and addresses will probably not be
SuperPages.com -- Click on
"People Pages" for options to do reverse searches by telephone number
or by address.
Switchboard -- In addition to the
other standard search options, you can also search by toll free number.
Yellow Book -- in addition to the
usual search options, you can also browse a specific directory (like Allentown
or Reading) for the business or type of business you seek; use the "Results
Found In" links to narrow your search.