On the Internet, searching is just trying to find the information you need. There are three basic approaches:

  • The subject directory. These can be general and cover all subjects (as Yahoo does) or specialized (like the information technology sites at searchWindowsManageability and other TechTarget sites).
  • The search engine. These can be general and attempt to index all or most of the Web's pages (like Google or FAST), or specialized and search within a narrow range of subjects.
  • The so-called deep Web - that is, the Web sites that have information that can't be indexed by the search engines but can in many cases by searched directly at the individual Web site.

At and other TechTarget sites, we spend a lot of time searching and the in-house expert we consult is Laura Hunt. Her best sources about how and where to search are listed here:

This was last updated in September 2005

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