Digital Librarian: a librarian's choice of the best of the Web

Digital Librarian is maintained by Margaret Vail Anderson, a librarian in Cortland, New York

Search and Navigation Tools

Blekko - Search engine. “Cut out the spam sites. use friends, experts, community or your own slashtags to slash in what you want and slash out what you don't.” See Start-Up Aims at Google: Taps Users to Narrow Results, Avoid Spam Sites by Amir Efrati, Wall Street Journal, October 31, 2010.

Best Search Engines? Google, Yahoo, Ask, Microsoft Live Search, Alta Vista, AOL

See Also: Directories | Electronic Texts | Internet Subject Directories | Magazines & Journals | Reference

Academic Info: Educational Subject Directory - Mike Madin, Seattle. Other selective Internet subject directories or gateways include, in alphabetical order:
Apple Learning Interchange
AskA+ Locator
Best Information on the Nett
Dutch Electronic Subject Service
Infomine: Scholarly Internet Resource Collections
Internet Public Library Reference Center
Internet Scout Project - Chris Sherman and Gary Price
Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educatorss
Librarians' Index to the Internet
Martindale's The Reference Desk
Resource Discovery Network - Has a Virtual Training Suite
Les Signets de la Bibliothèque nationale de France
WWW Virtual Library
More eclectic collections include Beyond the Black Stump and Telsun Spur: A Way Station for Snark Hunters. (For more subject directories see Digital Librarian's Internet Subject Directories.)
Accoona - Search engine uses artificial intelligence ("no worries" from the Swahili phrase "accoona matata")
Alexa Web Search
Alice - French Internet search engine. Other French language search engines, subject directories and portals (moteurs, annuaires et portails) include Google France, Yahoo France,, MSN France, Alta Vista, AntiSearch, Club Internet, Supramoteur, Lycos, Mirago, Abacho and Voilà. Grifil is a "moteur de recherche sur le monde de la BD [bandes dessinés - comic strips]." - Owned by Yahoo. Try the beta version of Live Search . As you're typing, it's already searching and displaying results. Fast and efficient. Compare it to Google Suggest.
Alta Vista - In early Internet days, this was one of the best search engines, but it has long been surpassed by Google. Be aware that the first two or three results ('Featured Sites') have paid to appear. You can also search for Image, Audio Video. One of the best features is their translation service, Babel Fish Translation, which will translate text you type in or webpages (in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese and Korean). - Definitions and explanations for over 1 million topics.
AOL.Search - Uses Google's search technology.
Apache Jakarta Project: Apache Lucene - "Apache Lucene is a high-performance, full-featured text search engine library written entirely in Java. It is a technology suitable for nearly any application that requires full-text search, especially cross-platform." See also Apache Nutch
Apple Learning Interchange: K-12 Education - "Safe and relevant pieces of information carefully selected and cataloged by educators then organized by type, subject and learning level for you to access easily." With a searchable database of Learning Resources.
Art Images: There are many resources for locating art on the Web. Using Google Image Search is probably the quickest way to locate art, but often the images are too small or the links to the original sources are dead. Most search engines offer tools to find images. Many museums offer searchable databases and have digitized much of their collections.
Art History Resources on the Web - Chris Witcombe provides links to Museums & Galleries
Virtual Library museums pages - Jonathan Bowen
UNESCO Archives Portal
The ImageBase of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco - Has one of the largest free database of images on the Web with over 82,000 objects (including 3,000 Japanese prints).
National Gallery of Art - Washington, D.C. (more than 5,600 images - be sure to check the images only box).
Metropolitan Museum - New York (over 6,500 images).
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (over 30,000 images).
Getty Los Angeles. Also has a Media Gallery)
Tate Gallery - London (65,000 images).
National Gallery of Canada (over 10,000 images in Cybermuse)
Victoria & Albert Museum - London. Images Online)
Compass database - British Museum
State Hermitage Museum Digital Collection - St. Petersburg.
National Portrait Gallery - London (over 37,759 images)
AMICO Library - Is searchable and provides thumbnails of over 100,000 works of art owned by members of the Art Museum Image Consortium.
Other useful resources include the: Perseus Digital Library - Search for architecture),
ArtServe - Australian National University
Artist Index
World Art Treasures - Jacques-Edouard Berger Foundation.
Art Renewal Center
Collage Portal
Agence photographique de la Réunion des musées nationaux - Searchable database of art owned by selected French museums with over 100,000 color images and over 500,000 black & white images.
ART[image] - Joint digitization project of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec and the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal.
SIRIS: the Smithsonian Online Catalog - Contains over 29,000 digital images.
Commercial resources include:
Artcyclopedia - Has indexed 1200 art sites, and offers more than 32,000 links directly to an estimated 100,000 works by over 7,500 artists.
CGFA--A Virtual Art Museum
Web Gallery of Art - Database of European painting and sculpture of the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque periods (1200-1700), currently containing over over 13,500 reproductions.
Mark Harden's Artchive
WebMuseum - Nicolas Pioch's site has a Famous Paintings Collection.
Art Museum Image Consortium - Not-for-profit association of institutions engaged in building a joint digital library which documents their collections, to be made available to the university, public library, and kindergarten-through-grade-12 educational communities. Provides access to a searchable Thumbnail Catalogue.
Art Biographies - Art-related biographical resources include Getty Union List of Artist Names, Dictionary of Art Historians: a Biographical Dictionary of Historians, Museum Directors and Scholars of Art, Archives of American Art Oral History Interviews, Smithsonian Art Inventories Catalog, and the Library of Congress Authorities, Getty Provenance Index, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum Inventories of American Painting and Sculpture. Online catalogs can also help with biographical information. For example, a simple (Recherche simple) search for Vuillard in the online catalog of the Institut national d'historie de l'art locates 197 records.
ASCAP's ACE - Database allows you to search by song title, writer, performer or publisher. BMI Repetoire, a database of 7.5 million song titles, is searchable by artist, title, publisher and songwriter/composer.
Ask - Natural language meta-search engine, it allows you to ask questions in complete sentences. Formerly known as Ask Jeeves.
Beaucoup! - T. Madden's collection of links to over 2,500 search engines.
Blekko - “blekko is a better way to search the web by using slashtags. slashtags search only the sites you want and cut out the spam sites. use friends, experts, community or your own slashtags to slash in what you want and slash out what you don't.” See Start-Up Aims at Google: Taps Users to Narrow Results, Avoid Spam Sites by Amir Efrati, Wall Street Journal, October 31, 2010.
Blinkx - Video search engine allows users to search for video clips from 15 television channels (including Fox News, BBC News, ITN, and Sky News)
Blogs: Google Blog Search, Technorati, IceRocket; Feedster; Bloglines.
BlowSearch - Meta search engine dispalys results form 30 search engines.
BoardReader - Search bulletin boards, forums and message boards
Books: Search Engine Marketing, Inc.: Driving Search Traffic to Your Company's Web Site (2005) by Mike Moran and Bill Hunt. Read the First Chapter.
BotSpot - Information on bots and intelligent agents.
CataList, the official catalog of LISTSERV lists
Catalog of U.S. Government Publications - Search for Congressional reports, hearings, debates, and records; judiciary materials; documents issued by executive departments. Coverage begins with January 1994 and new records are added daily.
Centers for Disease Control CDC Web Search - Allows you to search individual state health departments.
CiteSeer.IST: Scientific Literature Digital Library - Computer and Information Science Papers: CiteSeer Publications Research Index. Hosted by Penn State's College of Information Sciences and Technology. See About CiteSeer.
Clusty - Clustering
Comcast Search
CompletePlanet: Complete Source for Search Engines and Databases - 70,000 ''content-rich'' databases uncovered by Their tutorial Guide to Effective Searching of the Internet offers some useful tips.
Creative Commons -"Creative Commons today unveiled an updated beta version of its search engine, which scours the web for text, images, audio, and video free to re-use on certain terms a search refinement offered by no other company or organization today....'"The Creative Commons search engine helps companies, educators, and artists find content they can re-use without having to call a lawyer, and it offers authors and artists who want to share their work a competitive advantage toward having their work discovered online" said Neeru Paharia, assistant director of Creative Commons and the search engine’s product manager." (November 22, 2004 Press Release)
Cuil - See Ex-Google Employees Launch 'Cuil' Search Engine - Renee Montagne, NPR Morning Edition, July 28, 2008.
DBLP Computer Sciences Bibliography - "Provides bibliographic information on major computer science journals and proceedings. DBLP indexes more than one million articles and contains more than 10000 links to home pages of computer scientists." Here, for example, are the publications by Barbara Liskov, winner of the 2009 A. M. Turing Award "given to an individual selected for contributions of a technical nature made to the computing community."
Deep Web Research 2009 - By Marcus P. Zillman, December 28, 2008,
Developmental Gateway Foundation Communities Advanced Search - Developmental Gateway Foundation offers "online resources portal for development information and knowledge-sharing worldwide. The tools in this website bring together people and organizations around the glove who are working to improve life in developing countries."
Ditto - Search engine for images.
Dogpile - Meta search engine searches the databases of other search engines. Others include Ixquick Metasearch, ProFusion, Debriefing (also available in French), Highway 61, MetaCrawler, and CNET's MSN Search and Ask Jeeves also employ meta search technology, taking data from multiple sources.
Domain Tools - "Wildcard search of all current/deleted/expired whois domains."
eHow - Comprehensive source of information on how to do things, offering thousands of specific project instructions. Comparable to
Eldis: Gateway to Development and Environment Information - Gateway to online information on development in countries of the South. Coverage includes social, economic, political and environmental issues.
ERIC: Education Resources Information Center - "ERIC provides free access to more than 1.2 million bibliographic records of journal articles and other education-related materials and, if available, includes links to full text. ERIC is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences (IES)."
Extreme Searcher's Internet Handbook - By Ron Hock
Fagan Finder - Michael Fagan is a high school student in Ontario
FatWallet - Shopping search engine
Federal Depository Library Program Desktop (FDLP) - "Targeted to documents librarians and staff of the more than 1,300 libraries that comprise the Federal Depository Library Program." Has links to various government resources in Locator Tools and Services: Browse Topics, Federal Resources Organized by Topic, A-Z Index of U.S. Government Departments and Agencies, Information by Topic, Catalog of U.S. Government Publications, Federal Agency Internet Sites, U.S. Government Manual, Government Information Locator Service (GILS), GPO Access Online Resources: A-Z Resource List, New Electronic Titles, U.S. Goverment Online Bookstore, Subject Bibliographies Index, Main publisher domains within the Catalog of United States Government Publications, Specialized Collections, Congressional Directory, Government Accountability Office (GAO). - Free online article-search service allows you to search for (and read) articles published over the last 1 to 2 years in more than 300 reputable magazines and journals. You can view publications by subject or by name. A similar resource is MagPortal.
Fireball - German search engine. See also, AOL Suche, Alettra, DDR-Suche,
FirstGov - Search for government information by topic. There is a Reference Center for librarians and researchers as well as a detailed Site Index. Firstgov also has many sub-divisions targeted at specific groups and populations including,,,,,,,,,,,,,, and
Footage - Search hundreds of major stock news footage sources world wide. For example, a phrase search (match exactly) for Clifford Case retrieved 175 records in 26 databases. (See also Wordwave, Virage, Sonic Foundry, Convera, and Vodium)
GlobalSpec Engineering Search Engine
Google - Created by Stanford University graduate students Sergey Brin and Larry Page, this search engine ranks sites by how frequently they are cited. ""oogle is a play on the word googol, which was coined by Milton Sirotta, nephew of American mathematician Edward Kasner, to represents the figure 1 followed by 100 zeroes. Google's use of the term reflects the immense amount of information available on the web.")
How can I link to a specific title on Google Books? -
Librarian Newsletter(December 2005 and January 2006).
Advanced Search
Web Search Features
Language, Display, & Filtering Options - Allows you to customize and save your preferences. For example, you can set the number of search results (to 20, 30, 50, or 100), your language preference,and set your default for SafeSearch (adult content filtering). The GoogleScout feature brings up a list of sites related to each search result.
Google Services & Tools
Google News - "Search and browse 4,500 news sources updated continuously.""
Google Scholar - "Enables you to search specifically for scholarly literature, including peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports from all broad areas of research.
Google Book Search
Google and the Proper Antitrust Scrutiny of Orphan Books - By Jerry A. Hausan and E. J. Gregory Sidak, Journal of Copetition Law & Economics, 5(3), 411-438.
Google Maps
Google Groups - Discussion network (formerly Deja) to post and read comments in Usenet
discussion forums. Has a complete 20-year Usenet Archive with over 700 million messages.
Google Blog Search
Google Image Search - Has over 150 million images.
Google Directory
Google Video
Google Labs - "Showcases a few of our favorite ideas that aren't quite ready for prime time."
Google University Search
Froogle - Google's shopping search engine
Google Help
Google Management - With images.
Googlewhack - Gary Stock
Government of Canada Web Archive - "At the time of its launch in Fall 2007, approximately 100 million digital objects (over 4 terabytes) of archived Federal Government website data was made accessible."
GPO Access Multi-Database Search - Will search Congressional Record, Federal Register, Congressional Bills, Public Laws, U.S. Code. There is also a Database List.
GuideStar - Database of more than 850,000 IRS-recognized nonprofit organizations.
Healthline - Vertical search engine for consumers seeking answers to medical questions.
HighBeam Research - "Online research engine for individuals, filling the gap between free search engines and high-end research services. By delivering sophisticated research tools with convenient access to the free Web, paid online services and our proprietary databases, we empower individual researchers to efficiently locate, organize and deliver answers." They claim to have 35 million documents from over 3,000 sources. I searched for Fisheating Creek in the HighBeam Library Research (Newspapers and Magazines) and located some articles I hadn't seen before. A search for Robbinston also retrieved some timely and relevant results. Although you can't access the full-text of the premium articles, you can read excerpts and you can sort by relevancy or date. I also tried searching for Sharia in the Reference Research section and retrieved some free results, one of them from the Oxford Pocket Dictionary of Current English, 2006. This could be a useful resource for those who don't have access to subscription databases. Membership is $19.95 a month or $99.95 for a year. There's a free, one-week trial. Worth exploring.
In-extenso - "Moteur de recherche spécialis en sciences humaines et sociales."
Indeed - Job search engine
Infography - Howard Chesshire, Fields of Knowledge, Springfield, Vermont.
IngentaConnect ($) - "The most comprehensive collection of academic and professional 17,967,277 articles, chapters, reports ...and browse 29,031 publications..."
Internet Archive
Internet News - "Articles and news about web searching and Internet use" written by Gwen Harris, an information consultant specializing in Web searching and online education. See also her Web Search Guide.
Internet Tutorials - Laura Cohen the Invisible Web Directory - Companion directory to the book, The Invisible Web: Finding Hidden Internet Resources Search Engines Can't See by Chris Sherman and Gary Price.
IP Addresses -There is an IP Address Index Encyclopedia relating IP network numbers to network names and identities, for class A, B and C networks, created by John Crossley. (This url is actually a mirror maintained by Paul Rogers). There are Whois databases at ARIN (North America), LANIC (Latin America), RIPE (Europe), APNIC (Asia Pacific), AfriNIC (Africa) and InterNIC. Other useful resources include IANA (Internet Assigned Numbers Authority) (with Index by Country Code), APNIC's list of countries worldwide, ASN by Country Search). For example, a whois search on APNIC for reveals the IP number belongs to China Telecom. Chuck Semeria's Understanding IP Addressing: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know (pdf), one of the 3Com Press Box Technical Papers, is also helpful. Other useful tools can be found at multiple DNS lookup engine,,, Netcraft, DShield IP Info, Whois Source, VisualRoute and Network Calculators IP Address Converter. Belnet, the Belgian Research Network, has a Whois Gateway for ASN.
US ISBN Agency - Has information on the switch to the 13 digit ISBN: Are You Ready for ISBN-13?. "On January 1, 2007, the book industry will begin using 13 digit ISBNs to identify all books in supply chain." They provide a ISBN-13 Online Converter.
ISBN - Glenn Fleishman's comparison book shopping site allows you to search by ISBN, author, title, or subject. - You can query API for the location of source MARC records for any book in the database.
jake (jointly administered knowledge environment) - Search for journal titles and ISSNs. (There's an alternate version)
JournalismNet - Created by Julian Sher, who trains journalists in Web searching. There are sections on how to find newspapers, TV news, radio news, alternative news, video search tools, people, phone directories and information about countries.
LawCrawler - FindLaw's intelligent agent for searching legal sites.
Library and Archival Exhibitions on the Web - Smithsonian Institution resource allows you to search by Exhibition Name, Institution, Library, Archive, and subject term.
Library Catalogs
BN-OPALE PLUS - The catalog of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France provides access to their online web catalog with over 7 million records.
British Library Integrated Catalogue - Over twelve million items
Catalogue collectif de France
COPAC - Union catalogue. "It provides free access to the merged online catalogues of 24 major university research libraries in the UK and Ireland plus the British Library, the National Library of Scotland, and the National Library of Wales/Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru."
The European Library - Has information on Libraries
Karlsruhe Virtual Catalog which provides access to 75 million books and serials in library and book trade catalogs worldwide
Lib-web-cats: A directory of libraries throughout the world - Marshall Breeding
Libweb: Library Servers via WWW - Thomas Dowling. On October 2, 2006, "Libweb currently lists over 7500 pages from libraries in over 135 countries."
LibDex: the Library Index - Peter Scott's index to 18,000 libraries
Library of Congress Online Catalog
Library of Congress Department of Prints & Photographs Online Catalog - Searches records in the 40 collections of the Prints and Photographs Division. There is a Subject Index and All Text Search. This could be a rich resource for local history. A creator search, for example, for Collier, John will locate thousands of regional photographs. The option to Display Images with Neighboring Call Numbers is useful to locate photographs from the same geographic area. There is also a Thesaurus for Graphic Materials (in two parts).
National Library Catalogues Worldwide - John W. East - "Search for an item in libraries near you. 1.3 billion items in more than 10,000 libraries worldwide."
Z39.50 Gateway - Library of Congress
LookSmart - Category-based Web directory, founded in 1995 by Australian husband-and-wife team, Evan Thornley and Tracey Ellery. Claims to have 1,217,000 records in its directory. Their is a free online article-search service. It allows you to search for (and read) articles published over the last 1 to 2 years in more than 300 reputable magazines and journals. You can view publications by subject or by name. For more, see Gale Full-Text Content Free on LookSmart? Well, Some of It … in Information Today NewsBreaks.
Lycos - Web directory and search enginel. Available in Dutch, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Swedish. The Lycos Image Gallery enables youto "browse or search through more than 80,000 free images, current pictures and vintage illustrations." MP3 Search is billed as the "world's largest MP3 site."
Matt Cutts - Software engineer at Google.
MICHAEL - Multilingual Inventory of Cultural Heritage in Europe. "Find and explore digital collections from museums, archives, libraries and other cultural institutions."
Microsoft Academic Search
Ministère de la culture et de la communication - Provides links to Bases de données patrimoniales and to Bases de données Documentation. In the latter you'll find (in French) descriptions and links to over 40 French databases. One Searchable Database from the Agence photographique de la Réunion des musées nationaux holds 100,000 Images of objects in French national museums.
MSN Search - Microsoft search engine "integrates content from MSN.COM with a comprehensive Web directory of handpicked, reviewed sites and an extensive text-based search engine."
Multimedia Search Engines and Subject Directories (for audio and video): You can use Google or Yahoo to search for terms such as webcast, netcast, audiocast, cybercast, podcast, Internet broadcast, lecture series, archived lectures, web media, multimedia, audio, archived audio, archived video, audio archive, video archive, on demand, streaming, realaudio, mp3, sdp, etc. To locate university webcasts use this search query: inurl:webcast Specialized sites include: AlltheWeb: Audio, AlltheWeb: Video, Alta Vista Video Search, Audiofind: Multimedia Search Engine, Blinkx, CNET Music Center, FindSounds, Lycos Music Downloads, Lycos Multimedia, Open Video Project, Radio Scout, a public radio broadcast search, SingingFish, Songtext, and SpeechBot (11/4/05: no longer available), and University Channel.
National Archives and Records Administration Archival Research Catalog (ARC) - Online catalog of NARA's nationwide holdings in the Washington, DC area, Regional Archives and Presidential Libraries. "Perform a keyword, digitized image and location search. ARC's advanced functionalities also allow you to search by organization, person, or topic."
National Geographic Society Publications Index
National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections - Searchable via RLIN AMC File Advanced Search Form, an Easy Search Form (word list) and an Easy Search Form (left-anchored phrase). The British Library Manuscript Catalog is also searchable.
Netcraft - Their Web Site Finder will search 27,585,726 web sites. They also "report a site's operating system, web server, and netblock owner together with, if available, a graphical view of the time since last reboot for each of the computers serving the site." A search (site contains) for, for example, locates over 200 K-12 school web sites in Maine. A search for www.state.??.us will locate US State government web servers.
Netscape Search - Now you can also type the word "search," a space and a term such as "search: yankees" or "search: health" right from the browser location bar.
Network Solutions WHOIS Lookup
NonProfit Gateway - Network of links to Federal Government information and services. Search more than 530,000 government web pages.
Noxtrum - Spanish search eninge.
OAIster - "Collection of freely available, previously difficult-to-access, academically-oriented digital resources...that are easily searchable by anyone." A University of Michigan Digital Library Production Service. On 23 November 2005 there were "6,073,500 records from 572 institutions."
Online Magazine - Provides access to selected articles from current and past issues. Has frequent articles on search engines.
Open Directory Project - "Open content web directory to harness the knowledge and creativity of 'volunteer editors' empowering consumers to find the information they need quickly and easily."
Overture - "One-Stop Search Marketing Resource for Businesses Worldwide. "Yahoo subsidiary to be renamed Yahoo! Search Marketing Solutions
PBS Search
PicoSearch - Free search engine for your web site. It's being used by the American Philosophical Society
Query Server
Radio Scout: Public radio broadcast search - Search for public radio broadcast information to find what's been on the air and what's coming up.
RedLightGreen - Research Libraries Group catalog contains "130 million books for education and research; and it links students back to their campus libraries for the books they select." Whois - Domain name registration service. See also Network Solutions Whois Database Search
ResearchBuzz - Covers Internet research with daily updates on search engines, new data managing software, browser technology, large compendiums of information and Web directories.
Researchville - Metasearch tool for locating current news, reference and multimedia.
Resource Discovery Network - "Provides access to a series of Internet resource catalogues containing descriptions of high quality Internet sites, selected and described by specialists from within UK academia and affiliated organisations. Value-added services such as interactive web tutorials and alerting services are also provided to enable users to make more of their time on the Internet." Their Virtual Training Suite is "a set of online tutorials designed to help students, lecturers and researchers improve their Internet information skill."
Scirus - Scientific information. See also
Scout Report - Weekly publication of the Internet Scout Project offers a selection of Internet resources of interest to researchers and educators from the Computer Sciences Department, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Offers a full-text search of over 7,000 Scout Report summaries.
Search Systems - Links to over 25,000 searchable public record databases, sorted by subject and by state. There are databases for corporations, bankruptcy, death & marriage records, professionals (architects, physicians etc.) assessors and a wide variety of other resources.
Search Engine Colossus: International Directory of Search Engines - Created by Bryan Strome.
Search Engine Optimizer (SEO) - See Google Information for Webmasters on Search Engine Optimizers
Search Engine Roundtable
Search Engine Showdown - By Greg R. Notess, Reference Librarian at Montana State University. Has a Stats section which reports on traffic and database size.
Search Engine Watch - Detailed information provided by Danny Sullivan of Calafia Consulting. His Checking Your Listing in Search Engines gives tips on best ways to find your web pages in the major search engines.
SRU Search and Retrieve via URL - Library of Congress standards - CNET - Locate e-texts. A search for Charolotte Bronte, for example, retrieves 102 results. - "Over 20 million university and education pages indexed and ranked in order of popularity." (See also, and
Searcher: the Magazine for Database Professionals
Searching and Researching on the Internet and the World Wide Web - "For Students, Teachers, Librarians, and Folks Who Want to Stay in the Know." By Ernest Ackermann and Karen Hartman.
SearchMash - Launched in September 2006 by Google,
SingingFish - Audio-video search
SMEALSearch - "Specialized search engine that searches for and indexes academic business documents that are in either PDF or PostScript (PS) formats."
Snopes - Identifies "urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors, and misinformation".
Social Bookmarking - See Wikipedia entry for Folksonomy and Social Bookmarking Tools, D-Lib Magazine, April 2005, Volume 11 Number 4.
Flickr - Photo Sharing
Social Science Data on the Internet - Searchable collection of 748 Internet sites of numeric Social Science statistical data, data catalogs, data libraries, social science gateways and addresses. (University of California, San Diego)
SONIC (Sound Online Inventory and Catalog) - Search for radio broadcasts, commercial 78s & 45s, music and spoken wordin the Collections of the Recorded Sound Section of the Library of Congress. See also their Recorded Sound Reference Center.
SpeechBot - Search engine currently indexes 15588 hours of audio & video content that is hosted and played from other websites (PBS Online NewsHour, Car Talk Radio Show, Marketplace Radio Business News, Here and Now, On Point, The Kojo Nnamdi Show, Soundcheck, the Diane Rehm Show, the Connection, the Leonard Lopate Show, Motley Fool, Fresh Air, Talk of the Nation, the Brian Lehrer Show, Only A Game, Scuba Radio, the White House).
SurfWax - Meta-search engine offers "FocusWords, SearchSets, SiteSnaps, ContextZooming, and InfoCubby."
Technorati - Weblog (blog) search. Tracks over nine million weblogs.
Teoma Search - Delivers three types of search results:authoritative sites relevant to search term, Web Pages by topic and directories.
Time Magazine - Searchable archives from 1994 to present. You can also browse issues by cover.
Helios Traceroute
VisualRoute Traceroute - Worldwide links to services
United States Congress - Official, searchable publication databases authorized for dissemination to the public via GPO Access.
U.S. Copyright Office
Vanderbilt Television News Archive - Abstracts of evening news broadcasts since 1968, searchable by keyword. (Free registration.)
Virgilio - La guida italiana ad Internet.
Virtual International Authority File (VIAF) - "Implemented and hosted by OCLC, is joint project of several national libraries plus selected regional and trans-national library agencies. The project's goal is to lower the cost and increase the utility of library authority files by matching and linking widely-used authority files and making that information available on the Web." See also Library of Congress Authorities "Browse and view authority headings for Subject, Name, Title and Name/Title combinations; and download authority records in MARC format for use in a local library system. This service is offered free of charge."
Virtual Learning Resources Center
Vivisimo - Concept clustering
VROOSH - "Canadian search engine that acts as both a metacrawler and webcrawler utilizing fast parallel technology for speed and accuracy." There are also pecialized search options for FTPs, MP3s and News.
Web Site Search Tools - Search Tools Consulting.
Worio - Search engine for computer scientists and programmers created by a team at the University of British Columbia.
Yahoo - Provides an Advanced Search option and a Help page. Yahoo now utilizes Google full-text indexing of the entire Web. Click on the Web Pages on the results page to utilize the Google full-text search. (Yahoo is an acrononym for Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle.) The Yahoo Site Explorer "allows you to explore all the web pages indexed by Yahoo! Search. View the most popular pages from any site, dive into a comprehensive site map, and find pages that link to that site or any page."
Ziggs - "Index Index of 3,118,832 professionals representing 92,733 companies.." (on 18 February 2006)
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