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Chapter 1. Search Engines and How They Work > The Big Six Search Engines

The Big Six Search Engines

Of all the search sites available today, several are especially impressive: AltaVista, Google, HotBot, Lycos, Northern Light, and Yahoo. What sets them apart and earns them the distinction of being included in what we call the “Big Six” search engines?

  • They've been around for two or more years.

  • Their creators know the Net and the Web and have designed their sites and the underlying software with the primary goal of making searching as easy as possible.

  • They all offer exceptionally large searchable databases, excellent help information, powerful search tools, and an overall “look and feel” that's conducive to searching.


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