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Alexa  Provides information on Websites such as related links, site statistics, contact information, and reviews.  Also includes easily accessible secondary reference materials such as the Encyclopedia Britannica and Miriam Webster's Dictionary and Thesaurus.  Useful in evaluating the quality of information presented by Websites as well as in finding related sites.  Free software download.    More information about Alexa:  Alexa: Searching Serendipity And More, The Search Engine Report, Jan. 9, 1998

AltaVista Discovery  Indexes hard drive, uses AltaVista search engine to perform  Web and hard drive (including email) searches.  Highlights search terms are pages making it easier to find relevant links.   Includes (1) "related information" search function to find Websites and pages with content similar to a relevant page; (2) customizable content summary feature; (3) hyperbolic tree that maps visited Websites to allow easy retrieval of new information; (4) "backward searching" that allows researchers to determine who is linking to a page.  Free software download.

Copernic  A software search "wizard."  Includes a category bar, a detailed search history and other search management tools.   Copernic shows a relevancy score for each result and removes duplicates automatically.  It may also automatically remove dead links and download documents for off-line browsing (up to 32 simultaneous transfers).  Search results can be viewed off-line, updated and refined using logical operators (and, or, except).  Among many other useful features, search results may be exported and saved in various file formats (HTML, XML, CSV, text and DBF) and may also be shared with friends or colleagues by e-mail.  Copernic 99 offers integrated tools for Internet Explorer 4.0 (but not Netscape, as yet).   The Copernic software and search engines/directories are automatically updated via Internet when logging onto Copernic.  Basic program free.  "Professional" edition around $40 USD.

Enfish Tracker Pro  Enfish Technology's Enfish Tracker Pro for Windows 95/98/NT is a unique information-management application that allows users to track, organize, and find information through its browser- and search engine-like interface. Tracking content over hard drives, LANs, and the Internet via data threads, Tracker Pro uses relevant words and phrases provided by the user to search for and categorize data. The  interface is equal parts browser and file manager. It sports a floating toolbar for quick access to vital components. Compatible with a wide range of e-mail clients, business applications, browsers, file formats and personal information managers (PIMs), Tracker Pro does take some time to learn due to its deep feature set and steep learning curve.   Approximately $90.00 USD.

PeakJet  Good off-line browsing and search organization tool.  Also increases browser speed by caching pages for quicker loading.   Approximately $20 USD

PowerMarks  Easy to use bookmark management software.  Works on a searchable keyword system rather than requiring bookmarks to be categorized.  Can be customized to automatically update bookmarks and allows users to enter customized notes, keywords, descriptions and titles for each bookmark.   Approximately $25 USD.

X-Portal Findware  Combination software reference material and specialized search engine software.  The aim of X-Portal is to deliver the highest quality sites satisfying the researcher's search criteria.  Websites located by user-designated search engines are "vetted" using X-Portal's built-in reference library (1 gigabyte of reference materials such as dictionaries, encyclopedias, atlases, etc. compressed into 200 megabytes).  Using algorithms to made educated "guesses," the software then returns ranked search results.  Approximately $100 USD.

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