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Table of Contents

SuperSeek -- for searching the search engines
Archie Information and Service Discovery
World Wide Web Search Engines and Directories
White Page Services and other Internet Information
Sites for the Serious Researcher

Archie Information and Service Discovery

When using an Archie server, you should always pick a time when traffic is low. In the U.S., try before or after work hours. Or, access a server in a different time zone. No password is needed. Simply login as user archie. First-time users should try the help command to get started.


Veronica is the the index and retrieval system used to locate items on most gopher servers.

By default, a Veronica search delivers only the first 200 items matching a query. If you want more or less items, you may use the "-mx" command phrase, replacing x with the number of items you want.

Other keys to optimizing Gopher searches:

World Wide Web Search Engines and Directories

All-in-One Search Page

This page by Willam Cross at Albany Net is a compilation of various forms-based search tools found on the Internet. The All-in-One search covers the World Wide Web, General Internet, Specialized Interest, Software, People, News and Weather, and other resources.


Offered by Architext Software, this database has more than one million Web documents. It also provides NetReviews and burrows through the past two weeks of USENET news.

Galaxy Search (was at

Galaxy is a guide to worldwide information and services and is provided as a public service by TradeWave and Galaxy guest editors.


Harvest is an integrated set of tools to gather, extract, organize, search, cache, and replicate relevant information across the Internet. Users may tailor Harvest to digest information in many different formats, and offer custom search services on the Internet.


InfoSeek Net Search is a popular Web search engine that also offers Cool Sites for Sports, Entertainment, Weather, Finance, News, Health, Net resources, Shopping, and Career.


Lycos features a database that the company claims includes 91 percent of the Web. It's certainly extensive. The index searches by document title, headings, links, and keywords.

New Riders' Official World Wide Web Yellow Pages

This is the ultimate Web reference from the people who wrote the book. To do a keyword search, you may enter partial site names, URLs, or words from a description. The more keywords you supply, the narrower the search results will be.

McKinley's Internet Directory

The McKinley Group was founded in 1993 by a team of international publishers, technologists and information specialists. Their Internet directory, the Magellan, contains listings for more than one million sites, 30,000 of which are fully described, reviewed, and rated (with one to four stars).

University of Geneva's list of search engines

Originally inspired by NCSA's Experimental Search Engine Meta-Index, this site offers some of the most useful search engines available on the WWW. Submit buttons allow you to add your own information to a number of Net repositories.

Whole Internet Catalog

Presented by Global Network Navigator, the Whole Internet Catalog offers a vast selection of directories and search tools. You may browse by subject index or search by keyword.


Yahoo is one of the pioneer Internet guides and one of the most comprehensive directories found on the Internet. You'll find a comprehensive cross-discipline resource base of an almost infinite number of Internet resources.

Yahoo's List of Search Engines

Yahoo offers a list of nearly 100 commercial directories, robots, spiders, Web, and other Internet search engines.


When you don't know your way around, try WAIS. Developed at Thinking Machines Corp., WAIS (Wide-Area Information Servers) are databases containing text-based documents, sound, pictures, and video found on the Internet. Material is located using keywords or questions.


Deja News Research Service

Deja News offers access to what it says is the largest USENET news archive in the world. Options include a create a query filter, which allows you to limit your search by newsgroup, date, or author.

T I L E . N E T

Created by Walter Shelby Group Ltd., TILE.NET provides a searchable index of Internet mailing lists, USENET Newsgroups, Computer Products Vendors, and FTP sites.

White Page Services and other Internet Information Sources

Fingerinfo 4.1:

Using Finger, you can get everything from Seattle Radio News to hockey league newsletters to a list of Animaniacs Future Episodes. You'll also find your way into a number of Finger databases and the LogFinger Program.


Four11 is the Internet's largest White Page Directory with more than one and one half million listings and 210,000 registered users. Free Listing and Searching is supported by Web Page Services and PGP Services.

FAQ: How to find people's e-mail addresses

This FAQ by David Alex Lamb gives comprehensive information on finding e-mail addresses that covers Web searches, college e-mail addresses, USENET-addresses server, and various other resources.

Indiana University Finger Gateway

The WWW to Finger Gateway with support for faces was written and is maintained by Marc VanHeyningen. To try the gateway, enter as a keyword an address of the form user@hostname. The gateway can also be used non-interactively by anchoring to a URL of the form.

Knowbot Information Service

The Knowbot Information Service allows you to search an electronic address directory and conduct master searches of Online e-mail directories that include MCI, WHOIS, PSI, and others.

Sites for the Serious Researcher

Trans-European Research and Education Networking Association:

TERENA was formed in October 1994 by the merger of RARE (Réseaux Associés pour la Recherche Européenne) and EARN to promote and participate in the development of a high-quality international information and telecommunications infrastructure for the benefit of research and education. TERENA carries out technical activities and provides a platform for discussion and education to encourage the development of a high-quality computer networking infrastructure for the European research community.

Swinburne University of Technology List of WWW Research Sites

Swinburne University of Technology in Australia provides an excellent list of research information resources on the Web for the serious researcher.

U.S. Government Information

The National Technical Information Service (NTIS) sponsors the FedWorld Web site, offering a comprehensive central access point for locating and acquiring government information. Links to U.S. Government Web servers and other information sources are sorted into subject categories. This site also provides access to more than 130 government dial-up bulletin boards.

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