Web Search Tools

Subject Directories

Subject directories are human created, selective, and arranged by topic. They are good for broad topics and for finding a few good sites on a particular topic.




Search Engines

These are machine generated, non-selective, and search as many web pages as possible. They're good for unique or specific keywords or topics.

Blog & Social Media Search Engines

Meta-Search Engines

Cross-search multiple subject directories and search engines.

Beta, Experimental, New, Specialized

A variety of tools and resources.


More on web searching & web search tools.

  • Google Guide - an online interactive tutorial and reference for experienced users, novices, and everyone in between
  • ReadWrite - weblog that provides web technology news, reviews and analysis, covering web apps, web technology trends, social networking and social media 
  • Search Engine Colossus - international directory of search engines
  • Search Engine Land - news and information about search engine marketing, optimization & search engines
  • Search Engine Showdown - user's guide to web searching
  • Search Engine Watch - news and information about search engines & search engine marketing
  • WebLens - provides access to web design, Internet marketing, and net search tools and resources 

Evaluating Internet Resources

Citing Internet Resources

Last Reviewed: August 21, 2017