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CUSI at Northwestern University

CUSI - configurable unified search index

This document is based on CUSI, a project of Martijn Koster of NEXOR.

See about this service for background information and the list of CUSI services.

Lynx users should use this radio button version of CUSI until the Lynx bugs are fixed.

WWW Indices

These are some indices of WWW-based information useful for finding well-known services.
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The CUI W3 Catalog is a fairly comprehensive semi-automated high-quality global index. Yahoo is a hierarchical subject-oriented catalogue for the Web. ALIWEB is semi-distributed/automated special purpose global index for the Web. The GNA Meta-Library is becoming more out of date as it is maintained manually, but has got non-WWW references also. CityScape's Global On-Line Directory boasts to be the "the ultimate Internet reference" soon, but is also manual so I'm not so sure. DA-CLOD is a database where anybody can add URLs. comp.infosystems.announce refers to your local News system for the actual articles (which may no longer exist).

Robot generated WWW Indices

These indices of WWW-based resources are generated by robots, and therefore very complete, but are more likely to find too much information.

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Lycos allows you to search on document titles and content. JumpStation is a comprehensive index in the UK, The EInet Galaxy also has a subject tree. If they don't help, the RBSE URL Search, the Nikos, or the WebCrawler might.

Other Internet Indices

These are not WWW-based, but may well be of interest.

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Veronica searches Gopherspace, but is very busy and often gives far too many matches to be useful. The WAIS Directory of servers will find relevant WAIS sources. The Clearinghouse for Subject-Oriented Internet Resource Guides has lists of resource guides.


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ArchiePlex is a full-featured Archie gateway for the web, and locates files on Anonymous FTP sites. The Language List and the Free Compilers and Interpreters List should be obvious. NEXOR's Mac Software Catalog is a Web view of Michigan's Mac Archive. The IBMPC Windows Archive is part of the HENSA/Micros archive, and the Unix Archive is also maintained by HENSA in the UK. Four SHASE searches are offered: UMich-Mac and Info-Mac combined archive; CICA and SIMTEL (MS-DOS and MS-Windows) archives combined; Linux, Simtel UNIX and Garbo UNIX archives combined; and alt.src and comp.sources.{unix.misc} archives combined. SHASE is a search engine for the Virtual Shareware Library (the combination of 15 of the biggest software archives and their mirrors; up to 3 archives are searchable at once).

People and Organizations

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There is no single good way for finding people on the internet. The NetFind Gopher is uses a number of different sources to locate people. Also check the list of USENET authors. This UFN Search will find people in the X.500 directory. You can query the Internet domains database to look for organizations on the net.


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(Alex is a catalogue of electronic texts on the internet)

Reference Works

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Jennifer Myers

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