All the Web
A more recent entry in the search engine field, All the Web has a lot of potential for your basic web searches.AltaVista
AltaVista covers a pretty large stretch of the Internet. It's one of the most comprehensive search engines out there, and it's easy to use.

Ask Jeeves!
A good place for beginners, since the site allows for natural-language queries and is very user-friendly.
A search engine focused purely on business, with a special section for accounting searches and topics.

CPA Info
This is a search site designed with CPAs in mind, with preset categories. Something of a blunt instrument, but a good place to start.

Dogpile does metasearches (searches of other search engines' results), and also offers searches of message boards, images and more, as well as maps, weather and more.

A customizable web portal with a pretty weak search engine.

This comprehensive collection of search engines, directories, and indexes is a great place to learn about search methodologies and use many major search engines.

A search tool devoted specifically to financial topics - plus job listings, a place to post your resume, special reports, and more

This legal site lets you search for cases and codes, and also has lots of articles and other resources on legal topics. Check out their special section for accounting
Google is simple, fast, easy to use, and consistently rated one of the best (and most popular) search engines on the Web. It ranks sites by their "importance" based on the volume of hits the site gets and the "authority" of other sites linking to them.

A comprehensive, easy-to-use search tool that scours the Web with multiple search engines.

InfoSeek, owned by Disney, is another portal site with a search engine at the top.

Another portal site.

As the name implies, Metacrawler does metasearches of other search engines.

Northern Light
If you're looking for really obscure information, check here. NorthernLight searches the Web and beyond. It finds pay-per-view articles from information sources not generally available on the Web.

Search Engines Showdown
This comprehensive site compares and evaluates Internet search engines from the searcher's perspective, and includes a search engine features chart, detailed search engine reviews, an online newsletter, and search strategies.

Search Engine Watch
If you want to learn about today's leading search engines, this is the place to do it. For practicing accountants, Search Engine Resources is the most valuable section. It contains search engine reviews and tutorials on how to use search engines. If you have a homepage, check out the Webmaster's Guide section. It tells you how search engines index your site and offers tips for improving your ranking.
SoftSearch, an international reseller and distributor of business and specialty software, boasts a catalog of more than 250,000 products from more than 20,000 publishers, including dozens of accounting and tax-related offerings.
Software Advisors is a directory that allows users to find professional software advice and training in their own area. The directory lists professional advisors by city, state and software.

Starting Point
A simple, uncluttered site that works like other search engines, whose real charm is that it's especially easy to add your own Web site to the index.

Another metasearch site, very simple and easy to use, though it doesn't search all the best search engines.


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