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Chapter 17. Smart Searching > Searching—Yesterday and Today

Searching—Yesterday and Today

The problem of finding and retrieving data from the Internet is not a new problem. Almost from the very beginning of the Internet, users have needed to find information that was not readily visible. What search tools did they use then—and what tools are available today?

The Old Ways to Search—Gopher, Veronica, Archie, and WAIS

Before there was the World Wide Web (pre-1994), there was the Internet. (The Internet itself has been around since the 1970s, in one form or another.) Even in those pre-Web days, lots of information was stored on Internet servers around the globe, and lots of users needed to find specific bits of that information.


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