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ALTAVISTA (DEC's engine with 1Gig of ram!)

Case Sensitive=Yes  Lending, lending, LendinG, Etc. are all different
Default Operator=OR  Asset Based is really Asset OR Based
Advanced Searches=Yes  "Commercial Lending" for both words
Boolean Searches=Yes  "Commercial Lending" AND ("Factoring" OR "Leasing")
Support for + for include or - to exclude a word=Yes
Wildcards=Yes  Asset Based Lend* returns Asset Based Lending, Lenders

 

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Just use this plain English Search Engine!  You will probably say WOW!   I'm a diehard HotBot Fan and this Search Engine converted me to a new favorite!

 

Excite (one of the best!)

Case Sensitive=No  Lending and lending are the same (use lower case)
Default Operator=OR  Asset Based is really Asset OR Based
Advanced Searches=Yes  "Commercial Lending" for both words
Boolean Searches=Yes  supports AND, OR, AND NOT and ( )
Support for + for include or - to exclude a word=Yes
Wildcards=No

Google

Case Sensitive=No  Lending and lending are the same (use lower case)
Default Operator=AND  Asset Based is really Asset AND Based
Advanced Searches=Yes  "Commercial Lending" for both words
Boolean Searches=Yes  supports AND, OR, AND NOT and ( )
Support for + for include or - to exclude a word=Yes
Quotes Around Words = Same as + and - above
Wildcards=No

HotBot (some say its the best)

Case Sensitive=No  Lending and lending are the same (use lower case)
Default Operator=OR  Asset Based is really Asset OR Based
Advanced Searches=Yes  Use the drop-down for And / OR (see below)
Boolean Searches=Yes  Use Modify Button options for must / should / must not
Support for + for include or - to exclude a word=Yes
Wildcards=No

Infoseek (still others love this one)

Case Sensitive=No  Lending and lending are the same (use lowercase)
Default Operator=AND  Asset Based is really Asset Based
Advanced Searches=Yes  "Commercial Lending" for both words
Boolean Searches=Some  "Commercial Lending" + Factoring
Support for + for include or - to exclude a word=Yes
Wildcards=No

LYCOS (nice and fast, limited Boolean capabilities)

Case Sensitive=No  Lending and lending are the same (use lowercase)
Default Operator=OR  Asset Based is really Asset OR Based
Advanced Searches=Yes  "Commercial Lending" for both words
Boolean Searches=Some (period after word)   Commercial. Lending.
Support for to exclude a word=Yes but - only
Wildcards=Yes  Asset Based Lend$ returns Asset Based Lending, Lenders

Magellan (sites hand picked by real live editors)

Case Sensitive=No  Lending and lending are the same (use lowercase)
Default Operator=OR  Asset Based is really Asset OR Based
Advanced Searches=Yes  "Commercial Lending" for both words
Boolean Searches=Yes  "Commercial Lending" AND ("Factoring" OR "Leasing")
Support for + for include or - to exclude a word=Yes
Wildcards=No

Northern Light (has won several "Best of" awards)

Case Sensitive=Yes  Lending, lending, LendinG, Etc. are all different
Default Operator=AND  Asset Based is really Asset Based
Advanced Searches=Yes  "Commercial Lending" for both words
Boolean Searches=Yes  "Commercial Lending" AND ("Factoring" OR "Leasing")
Support for + for include or - to exclude a word=Yes
Wildcards=No

Open Text Index

Case Sensitive=No  Lending and lending are the same (use lowercase)
Default Operator=AND  Asset Based is really Asset Based
Advanced Searches=Yes  Commercial AND Lending NOT Factoring
Boolean Searches=Yes  Choices are made from a drop-down list
Support for + for include or - to exclude a word=No
Wildcards=No

WebCrawler (easy and fast)

Case Sensitive=No  Lending and lending are the same (use lowercase)
Default Operator=OR  Asset Based is really Asset OR Based
Advanced Searches=Yes  Commercial AND Lending for both words
Boolean Searches=Yes  "Commercial Lending" AND ("Factoring" OR "Leasing")
Support for + for include or - to exclude a word=No
Wildcards=No

YAHOO (its the original, but its state-of-the-art too)

Case Sensitive=No  Lending and lending are the same (use lowercase)
Default Operator=AND  Asset Based is really Asset Based
Advanced Searches=Yes  See below
Boolean Searches=Yes  Must select "Options" button next to main screen input
Wildcards=Yes  They are automatic...Lend=Lend, Lender, Lending, Etc.


Newsgroups

Reference.Com (over 18,000 listings)

DejaNews (the best available w/ over 20,000 listings)

ALSO TRY:Altavista, Excite, HotBot, Infoseek, they each have their own.


Gophers

University of Min. Home Gopher (The Best!)

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