A Rubric for Search Engines

Internet World, May 1996, Page 85

Alta Vista

Excite

InfoSeek Guide

Lycos

Open Text

WebCrawler

WWW Worm

DATABASE

Type & Magnitude of contents

Full text of over 21 million Web pages
Full text of about 1.5 million Web pages
Full text of about 1 million Web pages
Summaries of over 19 million Web pages
Full text of about 1.5 million Web pages
Full text of about 515,000 Web pages
URLs and titles of about 3 million Web sites

FTP sites included?

no no no yes yes yes no

Gopher sites included?

no no no yes yes yes yes

Newsgroups included?

yes yesyes nono no no

SEARCHING

Can refine search results?

no no yesno yes no no

Case-Sensitive searching?

yes noyes no no nono

Advanced/enhanced search?

yesno no yes yes nono

Uses Boolean operators?

yes no noyesyes yes yes

Descriptions display with results?

yesyes yes yes yes no no

EXTENDED FEATURES

Offers directory of Web sites by category?

no yes yes yes no no no

Saves search results as bookmark?

yes no yes yes no yesno

Offers reviews of Web sites?

no yes yes yesno no no
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