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Metasearch Engines
In a meta-search engine, the keywords you enter are simultaneously searched in several individual search engines. Within a few seconds, you get back a compilation of results from all the search engines queried. Examples of metasearch engines include:

General Search Engines
Sites are compiled by "spiders" that 'wander' the Web. Searches generally search through the full text of the Web sites compiled in the search engine. General search engines are most useful when looking for specific sites or very unique subjects. Examples of general search engines include:

Directory Sites
On directory sites, links are selected by editors and assigned various subject headings. It is good to start with subject indexes when looking for information on a general subject. Examples include:

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