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AOLAnywhere Search engine and directory from AOL. Used to be NetFind. Features regional search. Fast.
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AltaVista An all-time great, superfast. Has news service from ABC; a translation service and incorporates Looksmart directories. 
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Ask Jeeves Make queries using plain English. "Uses sophisticated natural language processing to understand and match users' questions to an extensive knowledge base." Often throws up links you'd never thought of looking for. Has been licensed by many other services. 
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BigBook North American yellow pages.
Cyber411 Fast meta-searcher, returning comprehensive results from various other search engines
EiNet Galaxy Categorised search
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Eureka A common interface to a collection of the best search engines. Also contains description about each of the featured search engines
EuroPages European business directory listing
Excite Searches based on concepts and keywords with very useful 'more of this' feature. Good for exploratory searches. Now has a UK site. Seems that it has also merged with/taken over the old Magellan site.
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Global Online Directory Another UK based categorised Web site searcher
Go.com Formerly INFOSEEK. Search categories include news, education, business, etc.
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Google Good fast search engine
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GoTo.com Fast searcher (formerly the World Wide Web Worm)
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HotBot Searches the entire Web, if a site is registered, then it will be found. Fast and comprehensive once connected.
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Looksmart A directory service, also integrated into AltaVista from Readers Digest. Has UK site.
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Lycos Another favourite with loads of indexed pages, including a directory of popular sites.
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Mamma A meta-search engine that sends queries to a number of search engines then organises the responses and presents them according to  relevance and source. Quite good.
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Mirago Launched in 1999, this is a search engine with a bias towards UK content (about time!). Easy to use, very quick and has a number of unique search options. 
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Nerd World Categorised search, not bad.
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Northern Light A neat search engine that places your search results into folders to let you quickly home in on your criteria. A bit slow though.
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Open Directory Project It's goal is to "goal is to produce the most comprehensive directory of the web, by relying on a vast army of volunteer editors". Replaces NewHoo.
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OpenText Often throws up links that others miss.
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Planet Search Seems good, haven't used it in anger yet. For the moment,
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Profusion A meta-searcher, simultaneously searches and returns results from 9 internet search engines. Users can choose which search engines to used, including things like "fastest"; "best".
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SavvySearch Another meta-searcher, simultaneously searches and returns results from several internet search engines. Tells you which engine returned a result. Part of cnet.com. Quite good.
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Search.COM A meta-search engine plus directory. Searches can be directed to "true" search engines or to "directories" and can be customised according to country. Can be confusing to first time user.
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Scoot Directory of businesses in the UK, Netherlands, Belgium and France. Much like yellow pages.
SearchFound Another good, no frills search engine, which returns quite relevant results.
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Snap A directory service, which can be personalised by users. It has a "speed" feature that presents more information to users with high speed internet connections. Strangely, all the UK stuff is listed under England!?!
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Starting Point A meta-search engine
The European Directory Searches European Internet sites, including those in the UK
The Informant A search tool with a difference. You enter your search criteria, and web sites you want to monitor and it sends the results to you via email. Uses AltaVista, Excite, InfoSeek and Lycos although you can only specify one engine per search criterion. A neat
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The Nell Register A search engine for locating products and company info.
The Ultimate Homepage Index Another meta-search system, that submits your queries to 11 search engines including Usenet News sites. But its up to you to go into each of the respective search sites to view the results. Saves time going to each one, but   consolidation of results would be nice.
Thunderstone A site catalog, with generating results quite quickly. Catagorises sites instead of pages. However, it seems limited at the moment (still experimental Aug. 98) and results seem to return mainly commercial sites.
UK Directory Directory search engine for locating UK based resources and companies
UK Index As name implies, only indexes UK sites, can be slow
USA Today News, arts, entertainment, etc. in the USA
WebCrawler A comprehensive categorised search facility.
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Webtop

Replaces the old EuroFerret. Quite fast and comprehensive.
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What-U-Seek Claims to support "natural language" queries, but turns up all kinds of weird results. Seem to rely heavily on Yahoo directories.
Yahoo The classic with categorised sites, one of the first and most extensive. Very popular, so can be slow. Use the Yahoo's UK and Ireland site to search for local information.
Yell BT's Yellow Pages online (slow for a UK based service too popular??)
Yellow Web Another categorised search of European Web sites