Edseek started life as a P-16 Portal Search Engine that grew from a proof-of-concept prototype into a fully functioning site indexing system. At one time it indexed approximately 200 education-related web sites. Because of the number of sites that were indexed at the time, there was a good deal of content that was available to the end user.

It was a project that was born not long after WebCrawler, AltaVista, Lycos, Yahoo and Excite were active and attempted to focus strictly on educational resources.