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Part: 4 Specialized Search Engines

Part 4: Specialized Search Engines

Specialized Search Engines

Good as they are, the all-purpose search engines presented in Parts 2 and 3 of this book aren't the best tools for every job. Sometimes the fastest, easiest way to find a particular type of information is with a special-purpose search engine. For example:

  • Deja for searching Usenet newsgroups.

  • Topica for searching Internet mailing lists.

  • Argus Clearinghouse for finding topical guides to Internet resources, written by experts in a particular field.

  • InfoSpace for tracking down e-mail addresses, home addresses, and phone numbers.

  • Zip2 for finding businesses, whether they're on the Internet or not.

Chapters 15 through 19 focus on these five search engines. You'll find step-by-step examples and Quick Reference guides, similar to the ones for the all-purpose search engines in Parts 2 and 3.

Chapter 20 takes a slightly different approach. Here you'll find brief descriptions of 29 of the best single-subject search tools. In most cases, they are so specialized that using them is as easy as filling in the blanks. The most difficult thing about these search tools is remembering to use them.


  • Sooner or later, you're bound to need a specialized search engine for a subject that we haven't covered in this part of the book. When that happens, try one of these sites, which offer searchable directories of specialized search tools:

    Invisible Web


    Search Engine Guide


    Search Engine Watch



Chapter 15: Deja for Newsgroup Searches


Chapter 16: Topica for Mailing List Searches


Chapter 17: Argus Clearinghouse Subject Guides


Chapter 18: InfoSpace People-Finding Tools


Chapter 19: Zip2 for Business Searches


Chapter 20: Other Search Tools from A to Z



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