AltaVista Education Search

AltaVista was one of the first successful search engines working from 1995 to 2013. AltaVista started under the domain and paid $3.3 million to acquire in 1997. The search engine was developed by Network Systems Laboratory and the Western Research Laboratory of Digital Equipment Corporation. In the following years, the search engine was sold with the owner companies first from Digital to Compaq and then from Compaq to Overture, which was sold almost directly to Yahoo. While AltaVista initially provided Yahoo's search results, Yahoo later offered AltaVista's search results. According to Danny Sullivan (see AltaVista web search), Digital didn't develop AltaVista to build a successful search engine, they created it to sell their computer technology by demonstrating the mass of data their supercomputers can manage. AltaVista offered numerous vertical search offers over the years.

From 2001 to 2002 an Education Search was offered, which searched websites with an .edu domain name. Since this extension is reserved for American universities, it was a regional search. The user could search here for information on the websites of American universities.

Language English

Launched 2001
Closed 2002

Developer AltaVista

Country of Origin US America

2001 - 2002 Compaq Computer Corporation

Topic Academic, Scientific or Educational Search engine

Region US America

Technical functionalities
Top-level domain search

Used SeEn AltaVista

Older Version Internet Archive / WebCite

Greg R. Notess (2000): »AltaVista has added two new specialized search pages: Education Search and Government Search. These are linked under the "More Searches" heading in the left-hand margin of the page. All these search forms do is put an .edu or a .gov top level domain limit on a search. The pages also have links into appropriate sections of AltaVista's LookSmart-powered directory and top searches in the area.
These pages provide no new search features for the advanced searcher who already knows how to add a domain limit, but they may be useful for novice searchers. On the government page they could at least add the .mil sites, as does Google's Uncle Sam. The education page would benefit by adding non-U.S. higher education sites like the sites.« Source


Critical points

Features & Functionality


See also AltaVista web search: Source

References & further Publications

Wikipedia (EN):
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Other Sources

Greg R. Notess (2000): AltaVista Adds .edu and .gov Search URL:

Created: 2019-11-06