Searching is a trick you can learn

"If you don't no where you are going,
then any road will take you there"

[Alice in Wonderland]

In the beginning the internet was almost transparent for users. When you were looking for something you could jump from one page to the other and finally had a reasonable chance to find what you needed. This method of searching is called Web surfing - you let yourself float on one wave, until you catch sight of another, more promising wave.

Surfing on the Internet is searching without direction. It is randomly browsing in a gigantic book, hoping to find the information you are looking for. Surfing can be fun when you do have the time and means to set off for a long voyage of discovery. But many of us don't have that time. If you want to get special information fast, or if you want to look at the same information later, surfing soon loses its charm. Surfing is browsing without tools.

The internet has grown so fast in recent years that we needed a fast and easy method to search in cyberspace. Nowadays there is a great diversity of search tools which we can use to direct our search actions. This has created new problems for users. Many users don't know which search tools they should use to find the places where the information they are looking for is stored.

There are several ways to search for information and there is not one perfect search tool that always produces the desired results for everybody. All search tools have their pros and cons. If you don't want to drown in the gigantic amount of information available on the internet, there's only one thing to do: trying out several tools and find out for yourself how you can use the different search tools.

In this guide you will find the necessary information about the most important search tools. You get some background information on the different types of search tools and instruction on how to use them. If you are interested in a comparison of these tools or in the most recent development of search engines, then this might be a good place to start.

If you want to jump directly to one of the search tools, you can click on one of the names in the lower frame.