Search engines are among the most popular sites on the World Wide Web, and most can be accessed free of charge. If used properly, they can link you to the information you need in minutes. Each engine--and there are many of them, even some specifically for the construction industry--categorizes information in a unique manner and searches the Web differently.

While trial and error is a good way to get to know the capabilities of search engines, this article offers some general tips to help you master the search process more quickly. It also lists the URLs of some of the popular general search engines as well as engines specifically for the construction industry.