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How Do I Search the Web?

Guide to a variety of web search tools

Subject Directories

Subject directories are human created, selective, and arranged by topic. They are good for broad topics and for finding a few good sites on a particular topic.



  • Dotdash (formerly
  • DMOZ (formerly Open Directory Project)


Search Engines

These are machine generated, non-selective, and search as many web pages as possible. They're good for unique or specific keywords or topics.

Search Engines

Blog & Social Media Search Engines

Meta-Search Engines  - cross-search multiple subject directories and search engines.

Beta, Experimental, New, Specialized - a variety of tools and resources


 More on web searching & web search tools.

  • Fagan Finder - brings together the largest, broadest, and most significant tools for finding information
  • Google Guide - an online interactive tutorial and reference for experienced users, novices, and everyone in between
  • ReadWrite - weblog that provides web technology news, reviews and analysis, covering web apps, web technology trends, social networking and social media
  • Search Engine Colossus - international directory of search engines
  • Search Engine Land - news and information about search engine marketing, optimization & search engines
  • Search Engine Showdown - user's guide to web searching
  • Search Engine Watch - news and information about search engines & search engine marketing
  • WebLens - provides access to web design, Internet marketing, and net search tools and resources

Evaluating Internet Sources