It's easy to find most of the big search engines, like Yahoo, Hotbot, Altavista, Excite, and so on. All you have to do is enter the search engine name in your browser's location window and you'll be taken to it. Further, browsers now come with major search engines built into their bookmarks. Both Netscape and Internet Explorer offer a search button that takes you to their portal sites, where you can begin searching. So instead of listing the obvious search resources, the end pages of Writing Online offers the following sites that are either specialized, overlooked, or unique.
Formerly known as the Internet Mining Company, this site has subject-specific experts who search the Internet for the best resources in their area.
Here you can pose questions to Jeeves the butler in plain English, such as, "Where can I learn more about E.B. White?" Sites in the Jeeves database are chosen by editors who seek to ensure the pages are unbiased, credible, and freely accessible.
These two sites are for searching Usenet groups as well as discussion groups each site sponsors independently.
Formerly called Arribavista, this search engine specializes in finding images. The nice thing about this site is that pictures are previewed by editors to screen out lewd and offensive images, making it a good resource to use safely in public labs and schools. A search for bunnies will take you to pictures of rabbits, not Playboy models.
This site allows you to search over 300,000 web-based discussion groups.
This search engine organizes results by how popular a site is, measured by how many other sites link to it.
Liszt is a directory of over 90,000 (and growing) email discussion lists.
Of all the web search engines, this has the largest web page index. Here you can also search specialized databases, including a business database with over 8 million full text articles and a government documents database. Searching the special databases is free, but getting the documents is $1$4.
This site searches multimedia, including images, audio, video, and MP3s. Finding files via Scour.net does not mean you automatically have permission to reuse them. Copyright is still held by the file's owners.
Search Facts and Fun
Part of the Search Engine Watch web site, this page offers tips on how to use search engines most effectively (choose the Search Engine Math link), search engine tutorials and comparisons, and links to a variety of search engines, including highly specialized ones.
SearchBug.com, formerly Search-It-All
Very effective and easy-to-follow, this site categorizes different types of search engines.
Gogettem, formerly SuperSeek
This site lets you search all the major search engines at once. It also has links to over 1,300 directories and databases, plus extensive links to broadcast, magazine, and newspaper sites.
The Internet Public Library
Not a search engine, but a great search resource maintained by librarians who find and evaluate quality Internet resources.
UnCover is a database of current article information from 17,000 multidisciplinary journals. It offers a brief description for over 8 million articles (and growing) that have appeared since fall 1988. Searching is free, but UnCover charges to download articles. Before you pay, first check to see whether your library subscribes to the journal you seek, or whether your librarian can order the article for you via interlibrary loan.