W3 Search Engines

This documents collects some of the most useful search engines available on the WWW. Omissions are the fault of the maintainer. Suggestions for additions are welcome! Submit buttons have now been added to accommodate non-Mosaic browsers.

NB: If you find this page especially useful, why not install a local copy on your machine? It will work from anywhere. You may also be interested in trying out Martijn Koster's SUSI (Simple Unified Search Interface), and the External Info page at Twente University.

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Last update on September 20, 1994.

Information Servers

List-based WWW Catalogs

CUI World Wide Web Catalog

Global Network Academy Meta-Library

Aliweb (Archie-like Indexing for the Web)

Spider-based WWW Catalogs

WWW Worm

WWW Nomad

RBSE's URL database



Other Catalogs

The Whole Internet Catalog

Veronica (Gopher directory search)

Search the Web at EINet Galaxy

Veronica subset (Gopher directory search) at EINet Galaxy

Jughead (Gopher directory search)

WAIS directory-of-servers index (gateway access)

WAIS directory-of-servers index (direct access)

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Archieplex (Swiss server at SWITCH)

The Language List

The Free Compilers List

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Netfind gateway (name key key ...)

Finger gateway at mit.edu

Finger gateway at

Ph gateway at

UFN Search (X.500 directory)

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Rik Harris' Abstracts Index

The Unified CS TR Index

Computer Science TR Archive Sites

OO Bibliography (object-oriented and related papers)

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WAIS FAQ Search at Utrecht University

HTTP FAQ Search (broken?)

Gopher FAQ Search

News Archives (WAIS index)

Search news.announce.conferences

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Big Dummy Search

Internet Drafts Index Search

RFC Index Search

BSD/386 Hypertext Man Pages

CUI Computer Science Library

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HTML Errors

Georgia Tech HTML Validation Service

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Other Interesting Things

Hacker's Jargon

Acronym Search

WIRED Archive

Say (Text to Speech Translator)

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See also: CUI's collected search engines.

The Language List

Need information on the more obscure languages such as 'Miranda' or 'RUFL'? This is the ultimate list of programming languages.

The Free Compilers List

Do you need Modula-2 for your Vax? A searchable list of all manner of compilers for all manner of machines.

News Archives

Search the huge Usenet news archives for information on many thousands of topics.

Conference Announcements

Search the archives of news.annouce.conferences, for information on new and old conference groups.


The Big Dummies Guide

Search for keywords in the Big Dummies Guide to the Internet, an simple to use Internet reference.

This page was originally inspired by NCSA's Experimental Search Engine Meta-Index.

Thanks to all who have contributed suggestions!