|For anyone who wishes to keep up with all aspects of Web search
engines, the following sites will be helpful.
Search Engine Showdown by
Greg's site is a significant and easy-to-navigate resource for those
who use search engines seriously, as well as those who need a quick overview.
Take a look at his section on "News
Searches" which has a great table comparing dates, frequency,
searchability, etc. for the news portions of search engines. For
a good update on details regarding the sizes of search engines, see his
engine statistics. Also keep an eye out for Greg's excellent articles
in various journals.
Search Engine Watch by
Danny Sullivan maintains an excellent site (and newsletter) which tracks
search engines. A lot of emphasis is on the "webmaster" side and
the business side of the search engine world, but the "user's" side is
also well-covered. Chris Sherman, formerly of About.com, has now
joined Danny, and Chris is concentrating on the user side. Makes
a great combination .
Free Pint by William Hann
A free email newsletter with brief but very informative articles by
professional searchers. Covers a variety of aspects on how to get
the most from the Web. The site archives articles from earlier issues.
of Special Search Engines by Marten Hofstede of Leiden University.
An extensive and well arranged collection of specialty search engines and
An excellent site for news, articles, etc. related to Internet research
Many organizations and associations sponsor conferences that contain
a substantial amount of content related to Web searching. The following
are conferences where “extreme searchers” are likely to congregate.
For details on dates and locations, see the web sites listed.
Internet Librarian International
National Online Meeting
Web Search University