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Search engines

Search engines are used to search large collections of resources on the Internet, such as Web documents, Usenets, etc. They are especially useful when searching unique words or phrases.

There are many search engines available on the Web. Here is a sample list.

When selecting a search engine, be aware that each search engine varies by:

  1. the number of sources it searches, and
  2. the type of resources it searches.

Often, this information is provided on the search engine's home page. Here are examples of 2 popular search engines.

Alta Vista gives you access to the largest Web index: over 140 million pages.
The Web database indexes over 110 million pages.
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