Veronica actually stands for “Very Easy Rodent-Oriented Netwide Index to Computerized Archives.” Pretty weird, I know. The “rodent” part of the acronym refers to how the Veronica utility allows you to search all of the world’s gopher servers using keywords. (That’s about 10 million items from over 6,000 gopher servers.) After searching for the terms, Veronica displays a list of gopher menus and articles containing the key words you searched for. The more recent versions of Veronica can also search certain Web pages, newsgroups, and FTP sites.
Unlike most search engines, Veronica searches for keywords only in gopher server menu titles, and doesn’t look throught the entire text of documents. When searching with Veronica, you can use the logical operators AND, NOT, and OR to help narrow your search. Also, typing an asterisk (*) at the end of a word will match anything starting with that word. Sound familar to any Unix users?