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Finding things on the web can be a real problem but fortunately there are a number of search engines which help you locate things. Select a search engine, go to its site, type in a few key words about what you want to find and Robert is your Paternal Sibling!

The following is a short list of just some of the more popular search engines.

Google or the UK version

Twice-voted "Most Outstanding Search Engine", Google has a well-deserved reputation as the top choice for those searching the web. The crawler-based service provides both comprehensive coverage of the web along with great relevancy. It's highly recommended as a first stop in your hunt for whatever you are looking for.

The UK version has an option to allow you to search just UK pages. (FAST)

An excellent crawler-based search engine, All The Web provides both comprehensive coverage of the web and outstanding relevancy. If you tried Google and didn't find it, All The Web should probably be next on your list. Indeed, it's a first stop search engine, for some.


Launched in 1994, Yahoo is the web's oldest "directory," a place where human editors organise web sites into categories. However, in October 2002, Yahoo made a giant shift to using Google's crawler-based listings for its main results.

MSN Search

Microsoft is known for constantly reworking its software products until they get them right, and MSN Search is a shining example of the company putting that same effort into an online product. In particular, the company has its own team of editors that monitors the most popular searches being performed and then hand-picks sites that are believed to be the most relevant. After performing a search, "Popular Topics" shown below the search box on the results page are also suggestions built largely by editors to guide you into making a more refined search. When appropriate, search results may also feature links to encyclopaedia content from Microsoft Encarta or news headlines, at the top of the page.

Also Strongly Consider

The search engines below are other good choices to consider when searching the web.


Lycos is one of the oldest search engines on the web, launched in 1994. It ceased crawling the web for its own listings in April 1999 and instead uses crawler-based results provided by FAST (see above). So why bother with Lycos rather than using FAST's own site? You might like some of the features that Lycos provides.

Ask Jeeves or the UK version
Ask Jeeves initially gained fame in 1998 and 1999 as being the "natural language" search engine that let you search by asking questions and responded with what seemed to be the right answer to everything

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