Searching The Web


The main problem with the WWW is that it is so vast that it can often be difficult to find what you are looking for (needle in haystack syndrome). Consequently, several search engines have appeared on the WWW that makes finding things a little easier.


To be productive, you must have a good idea what you're looking for. Although "browsing" may be interesting, it is not very productive. The more specific your keywords are, the quicker you'll find what your looking for. If searching for hurricane news, search for hurricane update news Edouard not just weather.

What's out there?

Although much can be accessed via the WWW, a lot of it is crap (IMHO). A few of the items that are well worth searching the net for are:
  • As you might guess, computer stuff, including all types of software and support for software (both commercial and that via USENET)
  • Commercial product descriptions, not necessarily computer related.
  • Academic and government sponsored activities.

What's not?

  • Journal articles: Although there are a few free journals on the net, most don't have a presence or require subscription fees. You still have to go to the library to copy/read articles. However, you can access most library catalogs.

Search Engines


Software tools known as robots, agents, webcrawlers and spiders are used to grab every web page they can find, then parse the words in the pages into a database. When you specify a keyword, a search engine cross references this database and returns all references that match your keyword(s).


A good set of hyperlinks to search engines on the net. Because Nescape can get very busy at times, it is useful to access the search engines directly (i.e., put them in you bookmark file and bypass Netscape).


Seaches many of the above search engines automatically and gives one long output.

W3 Search Engines

A very complete site of search engines.



Searches FTP sites.