Information on the Internet multiplies like kudzu in a hot Carolina summer-and the engines that help you hack through millions of Web pages in search of what you want are essential tools. You probably have a favorite standard search engine-Excite (http://www.excite.com), Infoseek (http://www.infoseek.com) or perhaps Yahoo! (http://www.yahoo.com)-but sometimes specialty tools do the job better. Such as?
Ask Jeeves! (http://www.askjeeves.com) A brilliant engine, Jeeves accepts plain-language questions-"Where can I compare cell phones?"-then offers up its suggestions for the best Web sites.
Dogpile (http://www.dogpile.com) A metasearch tool, Dogpile quickly sifts through most of the standard search engines plus a few esoteric ones. It's a good way to get a fast reading of what's on the Web.
Search-It-All (http://www.search-it-all.com) This is the place to hunt for e-mail addresses, phone numbers and street addresses.
Northern Light (http://www.northernlight.com) An agile search tool, Northern Light scours more than 120 million Web pages, including some premium content that's available only on a pay-per-view basis. Most results are free, but when there's a charge, you're told in advance (and prices are nominal). If standard Web searches produce only frustration, take a look here.
Electric Library (http://www.elibrary.com) The Library offers a vast collection of magazine and newspaper articles. Searching for the information you need is easy, and a free trial is available. Subscriptions cost $9.95 per month for unlimited research.
Deja News (http://www.dejanews.com) Before there was the Web, there were thousands of Internet discussion groups. Those groups are still active, and many focus on business topics. Search through what's being said with Deja News. Have people been talking about your business? Deja News knows.