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World Wide Web (WWW)

The World Wide Web has become a world wide phenomena -- creating a whole new industry of content providers and an explosion of information on the Internet.

Where other Internet applications rely on one's knowledge of Internet addressing, hierarchical directory structures, and the application's own (sometimes quirky and arcane) set of commands, WWW applications let you click on words - or pictures - to get to where you want to go or what you want to do. The coding that supports links to a variety of information is known as "hypertext". Often confused with the Internet, the WWW is actually the sub-set of computers around the world that are connected with hypertext.

The Latest Software | World Wide Web Guides | How to Search | Subject Directories
Search Engines | Meta Search Engines | What's New

The Latest Software

Up-to-date information, comparisons, tips & tricks, and top plug-ins. From CNET.

Keep up on the latest news and find the newest versions of browsers and plug-ins.


Currently the most popular browser, Netscape Navigator brings Web exploration, email, newsgroups, and FTP capabilities together in one package.

Internet Explorer
Microsoft's browser is a close contender to Netscape Navigator and features many of the same bells and whistles.


Adobe Acrobat Reader
Use this software to view .pdf files.

RealAudio Player
The RealAudio player allows you to listen to audio files "on demand." The files are played while they are downloading, rather than waiting for the entire file to be downloaded before you can begin listening.

Shockwave and Flash
For viewing Macromedia Director movies and Flash files.

Quicktime Player
Apple's software which allows you to view QuickTime movies.

QuickTime VR
Download this player to view and explore 3D objects and places.

A plug-in that allows playing real-time audio and video files.

CU-SeeMe is a free videoconferencing program.

For information about other plug-ins visit the Plug-in Plaza.

World Wide Web Guides

Newbie U's Web Stadium
Catch a class Web Stadium. You'll learn the history of the WWW, what a browser is and how to use one, and how to search the Web.

All About the World Wide Web
Topics include: An Overview of the World Wide Web, Finding Something On The Web, A Consumer's Guide to Search Engines, Netscape Hints, Fun With Multimedia On The Web, and Saving Pages for Future Reference.

Internet Errors Explained
Not found. File contains no data. Frustrated? This c|net article provides a list of common Internet error messages, and explains what they are and what you can do about them.

How to Search the Net

The Mystery Solved: Exploring the Differences Between Search Engines and Directories
Kathy Schrock has created a simple slide show explaining the different types of search tools and when to use them. For instructions on how to search see another slide show entitled Effective Search Strategies. Although this site is made for teachers, any beginner will find it helpful.

Finding Information on the Internet
This excellent tutorial from the UC Berkeley Library introduces you to the Internet and WWW, teaches you how to analyze a topic, choose a search tool, and use a variety of search engines.

Search Engine Shoot-out: Search Engines Compared
Gregg Keizer rates the top search engines, recommends a few winners, and tells you what to look for in a search site based on your search needs. A CNET article from January 1998.

Spider's Apprentice
Includes search engine news, answers to frequently asked questions, search strategies, reviews and analysis, details on how search engines work, and more.

Scout Toolkit: Surf Smarter
Features search engine information and reviews, tips, Web tools, and guides on various subjects.

Guide to Effective Internet Searching
An indepth guide to searching. For beginner to advanced users.

For more, visit Search Engine Watch's Search Engine Reviews and Information, Understanding and Comparing Search Engines, and Yahoo!'s Evaluation and Comparing Search Engines pages.

Subject Directories

Yahoo! Is a popular place to start a search, especially when you're not exactly sure what you are looking for. This huge subject directory has been around since 1994 and is maintained by human editors, instead of computers. Although Yahoo! is a very useful starting place, some pages are time-consuming to wade through and few sites are reviewed.

LookSmart is similar to Yahoo! and is its closest rival. Recommended Web sites arranged by subject, plus links include brief, but helpful, descriptions. LookSmart also provides directory results to AltaVista

This unique and service offers hundreds of subject guides to Internet resources. Each guide is maintained by an individual with expertise or keen interest in the topic, is annotated to help you decide which sites to visit, and is updated frequently. This is the place to quickly find the best sites on a topic. Formerly called the Mining Company.

This growing subject directory features brief reviews of selected Web sites.

Lycos is another directory of Web sites similar to Yahoo!. Lycos also features guides on a range of topics.

Argus Clearinghouse
Offers links to topic-specific directories.

For a list of lists of Internet resources consult Yahoo!'s Indices to Web Documents page. The Search Engine Watch Search Links page provides a helpful list of search tools, such as specialty, regional, kid-friendly, multimedia, news search engines, and more.

Search Engines

Alta Vista
Search the full text of Web pages and use the LookSmart Web. Alta Vista's size and powerful search options make it a popular search engines for researchers. Beginner's may find the syntax required for advanced searches tricky.

HotBot has one of the largest indexes of Web pages and also offers lots of advanced search features to help you narrow your queries.

Excite is one of the most popular search engines. It is easy to use and the site has lots of extra features to keep you busy.

Northern Light
Northern Light is currently the largest index of the Web. It is unique because it presents search results in a set of "custom" folders based on subject, type, source, or language. Pick folders and subfolders to narrow your search. You can also search magazines but you must pay to receive the articles.

InfoSeek is another useful Web search engine. You can perform searches and browse through its directory of selected Web sites. Formerly called Infoseek.

Search.com from c|net allows you to search over 250 specialty engines, listed by subject areas. It does not allow you do a multiple engine search with a single command.

The Search Engine Watch Search Links page provides a helpful list of search tools, such as specialty, regional, kid-friendly, multimedia, news search engines, and more.

To find many other general-use and topic-specific search tools visit the All-in-One Search Page, Tracy Marks' Windweaver Web Resources, and Yahoo!'s Search Engines page.

Meta-Search Engines

Dogpile is a meta-search engine; it will simultaneously send your query to multiple search engines and present the results to you. Dogpile allows you to select which search engines, directories and specialty search sites you want to use, and allows advanced searches.

Gathers a fixed number of hits from crawler-based search engines, such as AltaVista, Excite, HotBot.

InferenceFind merges and groups the results by subject instead of by search engine, like other meta-searchers. Boolean operators may not be handled consistently by the various search engines that InferenceFind uses in queries.

This meta-search engine queries the Web's most popular search sites. Formerly known as Metacrawler.

Internet Sleuth
Lists thousands of search tools by subject and allows you to query major search engines simultaneously.

Savvy Search
Savvy Search allows you to search many search engines in one place using a common user interface. This single user interface, however, will prevent you from using each search engines specific features and search syntax.

What's New

Search Engine Watch
A comprehensive, up-to-date site with news and tips on search engines. There's information on how to conduct searches, a guide to search engines for webmasters, and search engine status reports. Maintained by Danny Sullivan.

Net-Happenings Archive
This curent events service offers a daily compilation of articles gleaned from newsgroups, mailing lists, and other sources. You'll find today's net-happenings at this archive site, along with net-happenings items from as far back as 1994, and several search options. You can also subscribe to the net-happenings mailing list, which regularly distributes an email version of the latest net-happenings items.

What's New Too!
This Web announcement page is updated daily, is completely searchable, and is customizable. An average of over 1000 announcements are posted daily, all within 36 hours of submission.

What's New on Yahoo
Find out what's being added to Yahoo, the biggest subject list of Web resources. See what's been added under your favorite subject during the past week.

comp.infosystems.www.announce is a moderated Usenet newsgroup where new Web site announcements are posted. Browse this hypertext version of the newsgroup. Before submitting an announcement yourself read How comp.infosystems.www.announce Works (FAQ)

For other what's new pages visit Yahoo!'s extensive list of Announcement Services.

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