A SHORT COURSE ON SEARCH ENGINES
By: Joseph A. Alcala
SLEUTH SOLUTIONS, Investigative Services
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It would appear there is some interest in Internet Search Engines and the use of. I am certainly
no expert (far from it) in surfing the net, in fact I'm certain there are those on this list that
have been surfing the net since it's inception and are significantly more experienced than I.
However, on more then one occasion I have been asked, "how do you find all those great
URL's Joe?" Well, it is just a matter of effectively finding and not just searching.
 
With the 'net" being as vast as it is, I refer to as a black hole since its growth and functionality
will be ever increasing. The need to "effectively" search the web is a must for the modern day
investigator.
 
If one would take time to research some of the great search servers and search software programs.
They will be thankful in the end for the time saved later in conducting a routine search string later.
Here are just a few metasearch tools I use to browse. I hope they will be of assistance to one of you, and if I listed one already mentioned, my apologies.
 
http://www.inference.com/ifind/
http://guaraldi.cs.colostate.edu:2000/form?beta
http://www.isleuth.com/
http://www.dogpile.com
http://www.stpt.com/pwrsrch/pwrsrch.html
http://www.webcrawler.com/
 
Let us not forget some of the ideal browsing software programs available below are a few for you to try. Most have a trial run and are under $60, well worth the money spent if you base it on the online timespent searching. I have not used all the below program, but have used most of them.
 
http://www.bluesquirrel.com/seeker/
http://www.copernic.com/
http://www.ferretsoft.com/netferret/
http://www.msw.com.au/search/index.html
http://www.jwsg.com/index.htm
http://www.americansys.com/ezsearch.htm
 
One more note here, as mentioned one has to "effectively search." In order to do that one must become familiar with search engines and develop a learned insight to their use. Rather than go on to list more URL's I'll list this one, see http://www.searchenginewatch.com/ there are many, many like Search Engine Watch which will only benefit you, if you take the time to do some research.
 
If I can be of assistance to any of you, please don't hesitate to drop me a private email.
 
 
 
Joseph A. Alcala, Owner
SLEUTH SOLUTIONS, Investigative Services | PI Website Design & Hosting
Fort Collins, CO L 24-66370 | (970) 962-1800 | 24 Hr. Service
http://www.sleuthsolutions.com/ | mailto:sleuth@sleuthsolutions.com
 
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