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      22.07.2008 16:55
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      No use unless you run a business

      northernlight.com is no longer available for members of the public to use. Instead the company has switched its focus to creating custom web search engines for various companies to use which include such web searches as the research search engines. This means that you would probably have to pay to use them as I cannot find a free web search on the website. As an advertisement for the services of the company this works well, particularly as it is very informative. For example they claim they have sold over 200 internet search engines and say that they have never been over budget or late! The reason I have given this a low rating is because it no longer provides the service that it used to to internet users, as it once used to be a very good search engine, but obviously as this business area became too competitive they decided to switch the focus of their business.

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      01.11.2000 22:55
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      Northern Light is good! It's now a leading Internet search engine and apparently the developer of the world's first research engine. Their ambition, according to their CEO, David Seuss, is "to index and classify all human knowledge to a unified consistent standard and make it available to everyone in the world in a single integrated search." In other words, to have a right good search engine. Northern Light began in 1995. The Northern Light research engine uses "patented classification intelligence and precision relevancy ranking" to improve Web searching. It seems to deliver accurate, relevant results from the Web. The search results, which have an impressive relevancy to the search phrase you enter, load very quickly and the pages seem to go on for ever, but the results can sometimes get a bit obscure after the first few pages. It has features such as the standard simple search, power search, business search, investment search, news search, a geo search (only for USA and Canada though), and a special editions section which features some topical issues. If you want to refer your own site too, thats free and easy to follow. Give it a go!

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      28.09.2000 05:34

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      Northern light is an excellent search engine if you know exactly what you are looking for. You just put in the words you want to look for and before you know it you`ve got pages and pages of results. The engine used is nicredibly fast - you won`t spend more than a few seconds waiting for the results of your search unless you`re using a very slow connection. This search engine is very popular for any kind of research - it has one of the largest collections of indexed pages of any searcxh engine, which means you have a better chance of finding what you want. Also it does a very god job at ranking the search results according to relevance - if you don`t find what you want within the first few pages then you need to try again searching for a different phrase. One thing you need to remember about Northern Light is that it isn`t really suitable for newbies to the net. If you are new to the net then try ask.com first - leave NorthernLight until you know a bit more about how to search.

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      16.08.2000 02:43
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      Northern Light is an excellent search engine. Its key strengths are when your initial search criteria are vague. It places your results in folders, so that you can structure your search logically. For example, if you search for ‘Bond’ you’ll get millions of results from all engines. Northern Light is smart that it will give you folder options – Bond Movies, Bonds and Gilts, US Treasury Bonds etc, rather than lumping everything together. For advanced and technical searches Northern Light gives you further options. It has a database of thousands of articles, which you pay for per view, in much the same way as you can at FT.com, but you do not have to be a member to search. Overall I would recommend Northern Light when you need help structuring your search, or if your need is very specific.

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      28.07.2000 16:26
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      To date I have enjoyed the opportunity to get some things off my chest on dooyoo. Opinions that would normally have found there way out in the pub have been carefully typed [honest] and shared with my cyber buddies. However today I took some advice from golly gum drops about the noRTHERN LIGHTS search engine. Everybody will have experienced the seemingly indistinguishable results that you tend to get from most search engines. The feeling has always been that's the best you can expect. I put in my pet obscure search and was delighted to see a host of new links. These were links that have been on the web for some time and not picked by the more widely promoted search engines I have until now used. I was particularly impressed with the way that similar links were aggregated to avoid a series of repetitive links that all go to the same ultimate source. I will continue to use NL until I get wind of a better engine from another fellow dooyooer.

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        28.07.2000 05:52
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        Northern Light is an excellent search engine. Its key strengths are when your initial search criteria are vague. It places your results in folders, so that you can structure your search logically. For example, if you search for ‘Bond’ you’ll get millions of results from all engines. Northern Light is smart that it will give you folder options – James Bond, Bonds and Gilts, US Treasury Bonds etc, rather than lumping everything together. Go to James Bond and your search is further sorted into say books, movies or actors, refining down and down until you get what you want. For advanced and technical searches Northern Light gives you further options. It has a database of thousands of articles, which you pay for per view, in much the same way as you can at FT.com, but you do not have to be a member to search. Overall I would recommend Northern Light when you need help structuring your search, or if your need is very specific.

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          20.07.2000 20:20
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          Use NL and you won't want to use other search engines. For consultancy and research, I can get all my info here. NL isn't a search engine, first of all. It's a meta site, or meta engine. What is does is not search for sites for you. It send out to a number of other search engines, and gets the responses back, and collates them for you. Therefore, you harness the potential of several other search engines at once. There are drawbacks to the site - firstly you get a lot more hits to plough through. Secondly, although it can organise your hits into folders for you, this system seems a little hit and miss - sometimes I've found none of them describe what I wanted. But overall, this is an excellent site, and it's easily the most powerful search mehtod on the Internet.

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            17.07.2000 04:35

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            Another shabby search engine. Northern Light lets you organize your results in folders, but it can't find a needle in a haystack. This thing is incredibly inaccurate. I won't even bother going into greater detail about it because it would just be a waste of my time and your's. It does let you search more than 1,800 specialized journals and databases and read article abstracts. However, to view the complete text of any page found in this Special Collection, you must put down some serious cash: prices range from $1 to $4 per article. In the free world of the internet, this pay-per-view angle just doesn't cut it. If you really need to do research that is that serious, then go down to the library and use Lexis-Nexis for free.

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            05.07.2000 02:14

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            The thing about Search Engines is that there can't be a "best", it always depends on what you are looking for. If you want to find say a University or FTSE 100 company, then use Yahoo! as it will find it, and fast. If you are more interested in finding random trivia or ego-surfing then Google and Northernlight are about neck a neck. Google seems to be more up to date, and find more obscure sites, but if you are searching for something that can have many meanings or (for example) a name that is common in the US then you are in trouble as you will find loads of junk. This is where Northernlight comes in handy. It sorts your search results into handy groups of related items or topics. So a search for "witches" might come up with a set of folders including "the occult", "movies" and "books". This makes life a hell of a lot easier, and means that you find what you are looking for. It also means that if you have to search for a word that can have smutty conotations the dodgy stuff will be grouped under one or two folders and the rest will be relatively easy to find. Use Northernlight.com, it really is quite good.

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            30.06.2000 04:24
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            Northern Light is a favourite amongst researchers, and for good reasons - it has one of the largest indexes on the web and includes a set of 'Special Collection' documents that are not readily accessible by other search engine spiders. These special sections include newswires, magazines and databases. I have always managed to find articles and websites pertaining to my searches here, no matter how bizarre or obscure the subject I have searched for. This would be an especially useful site for those searching for a specific subject or information on a certain company or personality, rather than a general search.

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              26.06.2000 03:17
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              I love this search engine. When the terms are entered it will bring up not only the results of the search, but then subdivide them into other files to help you narrow the search. The engine is very up to date and also often returns pages that I have not found on any of the other search engines. The site is easy to use as it can be used as a standar search engine or buy asking it a querstion in much the same way askjeeves.com works.

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              24.06.2000 06:38
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              I truly massive search engines which seems to contains loads. Northern Light is different to many search engines is that once you search for something, you can narrow the search down to look at just personal sites and so on. I personally do not use Northern Lights much as the results are not normally relevant or connected to what I search for. When searching my first port of call is normally Yahoo and then Altavista. If I need more I go to sites such as Google, Excite and Lycos.

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                17.06.2000 01:52
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                I have been using www.northernlight.com as a search engine for sometime, and hove found that it is excellent at retrieving relevant sites. It is as easy to use as the traditional and more well known search engines, but has one advantage offer them, on the left hand side of the screen it will subdivide the subject you are researching to aid your search. For example if you are researching France, and that is all you put in on the search text you will get thousands of results. on the left hand of the screen a menu with subdivisions will appear with categories such as tourism, geography, economy etc. If you are going to use the engine in a more advanced manner with Boolean terms (the + and "" signs), this feature can be seen as even more useful as the refining ability becomes more apparent the better the original search terms. There is also an option that allows the engine to search its on data base as well as the web for article is keep on specific subjects, but if you want these they will make a small charge. It is not the definitive search engine, but it is one of the best as well as being up to date and easy to use.

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