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Web searches on LookSmart are pretty basic. Besides the marked sponsored links, all you get are page titles, URLs, and snippets of text from the page. Unlike Google, LookSmart lacks related links, cached pages, aggregated images, and news links. Much better are the Directory results, which draw from LookSmart's database of cataloged Web sites, complete with site descriptions, related links, and categories (although still no cached pages). If you're looking for images, multimedia, Yellow Pages content, or local search info, you'll need to turn to another search site, such as Yahoo.
LookSmart doesn't have a downloadable toolbar, but it does have a clever service called Furl, which saves and archives any Web page you choose--sort of like your own, personal page cache. Using a special Furl toolbar, you can "Furl" a Web page with a single click, then call up or search the archived page at a later date, even after the original page has been updated. We were surprised to find that LookSmart doesn't have an online help section for searching (all of the other search engines in our roundup do), although there is one FAQ for FindArticles and another buried FAQ for Furl.