Start Me Up

What A Find!

"I never find what I need on the Web." This ranks high among Net users' beefs. The Web is cluttered with junk, while the free search engines--Yahoo!, Lycos and the rest--are tricky to tweak to get the results you want. A better way to hunt is with Northern Light (, an exceptionally powerful and smart search tool that scours both the Web and a special collection of articles and reports culled from some 3,400 magazines, books, journals and news wires.

Searches of the Web are free. When you want to read material from the special collection, you're charged $1 to $4 per piece. Serious researchers will find that Electric Library (, at $59.95 per year for unlimited searches, is a better buy. But for infrequent researchers, Northern Light is a site worth a bookmark.

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This article was originally published in the August 1998 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Start Me Up.

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