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Spies Online contains a wealth of investigative resources for the private investigator and amateur sleuth alike.  For those who want to learn the art of private investigation, forget about software programs promising to turn you into an online spy. Spies Online will show you how to find someone and conduct a free people search, in some instances.
Looking for someone or something?  Spies Online has a wealth of investigative resources available for private investigators and amateur sleuths alike.


Search Engines


  • About.com
    Better than its search engines are its forums with guides for just about any subject that might interest you.

  • alltheweb.com
    This is a very nice search engine, well worth a look.

  • AltaVista
    This is very nice search engine, with advanced search features. The news search engine is excellent - you can search for news based on any keywords that interest you.

  • Ask Jeeves
    This engine is nice if you like the feeling of having a butler in your browser.

  • Beaucoup
    "Beaucoup" means "many" in French. This engine will give you many results!

  • direct search
    Here are lots of resources to search the "invisible web" by research librarian Gary Price.

  • Dogpile
    This engine searches multiple leading search engines and returns the best results from each.

  • Excite Meta-Search
    This engine returns results from a lot of engines, but the ads seems to appear at the top of the list of what gets retrieved.

  • Froogle
    Find products for sale across the Net.

  • Google
    This search engine is the best of them all, with lots of advanced search options.

  • Hotbot
    This is a nice little engine, but it does list sponsored results first.

  • Kanoodle
    Here's a nice little engine that's worth a look.

  • LookSmart
    This is a very nice engine; it does list advertisers first.

  • Lycos
    This is a very good search engine; it does list advertisers first.

  • Mamma
    This site claims to be the mother of all search engines. It is pretty good.

  • Metacrawler
    Here's another meta-search engine that can turn up some useful sites.

  • MSN
    The MSN engine turns up some interesting results, but the paid advertising appears to get listed first.

  • Pretrieve
    Here's a very interesting public record search engine.

  • Pro Fusion
    This is a nice meta-search engine that might bring you some different results.

  • Refdesk
    This is a great site with lots of quick links to facts on the Net.

  • Researchville
    Here's an interesting little engine that comes up with some unique results.

  • SearchBug
    Investigators love this search engine. Find everything from web sites to people. Find out if a social security number is valid. Find out if a telephone number is a landline or a cellular. Search death records. You really have to check this site out to see all the good stuff that is there!

  • Sherlock Hound's Ungoogle
    Spies Online loves Google, and this engine claims to search all the major search engine except for Google in the meta-search. Very cute, but what is amusing is that Google provides results to some of the other engines!

  • Teoma
    Here is another major search engine you can try.

  • Vivísimo
    Here is an interesting "clustering" engine you can try.

  • Wondir
    This is an adorable search engine. You can do a Web search or you can choose to post your question in a moving question ticker where other surfers will have the opportunity to answer your question.

  • Yahoo!
    No list of search engines would be complete without Yahoo!, but sponsored results are listed first.


Spy On What Other People Are Searching

  • InfoTiger Voyeur
    Watch what people are searching for at InfoTiger. A "filtered" version is available to weed out sites which might be offensive if you desire.

  • Kanoodle Spy
    Watch what people are searching for at Kanoodle.com; page automatically refreshes every 10 seconds.

  • Metaspy
    Take a peek at some of the searches being performed on MetaCrawler; the page automatically refreshes with new searches every 15 seconds. A "filtered" version is offered for those who might find certain types of sites offensive.


Monitor Search Engine Results

  • GoogleAlert
    This site allows you to monitor the search results for topics that interest you and get daily results by e-mail.


Software For Searching


Usenet Search


Blog And FOAF Search Engines

  • 2RSS.com
    There's a blog directory here - worth a look.

  • Blogarama
    Here's a very nice blog search engine.

  • Blogdigger
    Blogdigger is simply a search engine for blogs.

  • BlogHop
    Search blogs by name, URL, description, and keywords.

  • Bloglines
    This is a free service for searching, subscribing, creating and sharing news feeds, blogs and rich web content.

  • Blog Search Engine
    Here's another blog search engine to try.

  • Blogstreet
    Blogstreet is a blog search engine and directory.

  • Blogwise
    Blogwise is another nice blog search engine and directory.

  • Bloogz
    Bloogz is a blog search engine.

  • Daypop
    Daypop is a current events, weblog, and news search engine.

  • Eatonweb Portal
    Here's another place to search for blogs.

  • FoaFSpace
    FoaFSpace is a search engine for FOAF documents; you can search by name, nickname, instant messaging id or mailbox.

  • Globe Of Blogs
    Globe Of Blogs offers all sorts of interesting ways to search for blogs and information about blog authors.

  • Technorati
    This is another really nice blog search engine.

  • Waypath
    This blog discovery engine lets you find blogs that you'd like to read.


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