The following tools are recommended are good starting points for beginners. A more extensive list of tools is available (see Advanced Search Tools) as well as lessons on how to search the web (see Web Searching Series).
extremely large database great power searching (if you know how) supports natural language queries (example: "What does sleuthing mean?" Excite
Concept searching Easy to use Hotbot
Extremely large database Easy to use interface Great power searching template (no memorizing special commands!) accurate results (powered by Inktomi and Direct Hit) Lycos
Allows easy searching for special formats (such as images, sound files) and information of specific types, such as recipes, news, dictionaries (go to "Advanced Search") Northern Light
Organizes results into useful groupings which called folders. Also indexes a "Special Collection" of professional journals which may be purchased for a modest cost. Recommended for professional research topics. The Search Page by Marcus Ziegler
easy to use large, useful listing (220+ links) of specialty search engines with annotations
Encyclopedia Britannica's Internet Guide
rated guides in a range of subjects (up to undergraduate level research) compiled by subject experts easy to use "More Search Options" allows users to limit to sites of a specified ranking Infomine: Scholarly Internet Resource Collections
searchable database intended for use by the academic community compiled by subject experts (librarians) contains cross-references to other resources (key words)
fast! easy to use; nice presentation of results sends search queries to several search engines including: Lycos, Infoseek, WebCrawler, Excite, Alta Vista and Yahoo, then normalizes and ranks results (also includes the Mining Company) of special interest: Power Search allows user to limit by continents and by U.S. educational, commercial or government sites.
Alta Vista (AV) Photo and Media Finder
search for images, audio and video clips large database "filtered" option search for "similar" images based on compostional elements (not very effective, but a worthy effort) Amazing Picture Machine
images suitable for educational communties images are cataloged (that is, assigned key words and descriptions) Lycos Pictures and Sounds
easy to use browsable guide to images arranged by category "Kids Safe" search