Research Guides

Search Engines & Subject Directories


Search Engine News


Search Engine Showdown: The User's Guide to Web Searching
This site "compares and evaluates Internet search engines from the searcher's perspective." Find critical reviews of the major commercial search engines and subject directories, ranging from organized comparison charts, reviews, strategies for searching, statistical analyses, and much more.(LII)*

Search Engine Watch Blog
The purpose of this blog is to highlight news tidbits and other information not covered in regular Search Engine Watch features. (LII)


Computational Search Engine

"Wolfram|Alpha's long-term goal is to make all systematic knowledge immediately computable and accessible to everyone. We aim to collect and curate all objective data; implement every known model, method, and algorithm; and make it possible to compute whatever can be computed about anything."

Subject Directories

Academic Info
"An online subject directory of over 25,000 hand-picked educational resources for high school and college students as well as a directory of online degree programs and admissions test preparation resources (SAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT, GMAT, USMLE, TOEFL). We also offer timely news and analysis of critical events including the Iraq War, Afghanistan Reconstruction, Hurricane Katrina recovery, and the War on Terrorism."(AI)

Selected Internet resources covering all academic subject areas organized by Dewey Decimal numbers.Provided by the Centre for Digital Library Research in Glasgow, Scotland.

Digital Librarian: A Librarian's Choice of the Best of the Web
An excellent directory of online resources, organized by topic, and maintained by a librarian. Although most of the many links are only briefly annotated, the "see" and "see also" references assist searchers. The simplicity of the page makes it load quickly, and this is a good starting place for new Web searchers and librarians alike. (LII)

"A virtual library of Internet resources relevant to faculty, students, and research staff at the university level. It contains useful Internet resources such as databases, electronic journals, electronic books, bulletin boards, mailing lists, online library card catalogs, articles, directories of researchers, and many other types of information."(Infomine)

*Librarians' Index to the Internet