Vertical Portals - ("Vortals") - (a.k.a. Specialty Search Engines, Topical Search Engines) - These are web sites that focus on more specific topics, as well as give you the opportunity to search for information relating to those topics. The "vertical" term comes out of the idea that these are places where instead of searching horizontally, or broadly across a range of topics, you search vertically within only a progressively more narrow and specialized band of interest.