Google and more! Learn about search engines, metasearch engines, internet directories, and expert web searching.
These engines search only a specific piece of the Internet. See the "Vertical Search Engines" on our Deep Web guide for more of these.
Bielefeld Academic Search Engine - searches online scholarly resources; from Bielefeld University in Germany.
Searches web forums and message boards.
- CC Search
Access to search providers of public domain and creative copyright content. Disclaimer: always check the copyright status before using materials.
One search of several highly credible science research collections.
Searches social media. Results are displayed as a board, rather than a list.
Searches blog entries; includes a directory of blogs.
U.S. Government web sites
- Wolfram Alpha
Calculations and data
Started out as Ask Jeeves -- first engine to use natural language searching.
Microsoft's search engine. Interactive image on the home page changes daily. Can browse popular topics or search by category from the menu: Images, Videos, Maps, & News.
Searchers can use "slashtags" to limit searches by date, subject category, and/or other attributes.
A search engine that prides itself on privacy and "breaking out of the filter bubble."
Allows users to personalize the interface. Thumbnail images of results.
Identifies itself as the "search with attitude" that is eco-friendly. Freshness dating is one of their major attributes.
Certainly the best known, with dozens of added features like image searching, maps and shopping. Extensive advanced search capabilities allow fine-tuning for better results.
Another large search engine with e-mail & news portal.
Front page is designed to short-circuit many common searches with instant access.
- "Top 15 Most Popular Search Engines"
From eBiz MBA.
Here's another fine Guide on web searching.
- Last Updated Feb 18, 2014
The Deep Web Library Guide discusses why the Deep Web exists and what it contains. The Guide also provides tools for searching the Deep Web, along with resources for further information.
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Why use a single search engine when you can use a Meta? All web search engines are based on algorithms --complex series of lexical orders -- when they are combined, they may actually compete/delete results from some searches. Combining results from two or more engines assures the researcher of a more complete list of informative websites.
Results are clustered into clouds, making it easy to focus your search.
Offers the ability to customize the list of engines searched.
The portal is unique, including mail and news features, but the search results are similar to Info.com.
Includes results from 14 different search engines, including Google and Ask.com
Results are culled from the Top Ten results in other engines. Easy access to foreign language interfaces & results. Strong privacy features. Also known as StartPage.
One of the oldest metasearch engines, includes both general and subject specialized search engines.
From CNet, can be tech heavy in responses. Includes a "narrow your search" feature.
Searches Google, Yahoo!, and "other popular search engines."
Includes clustered results by topic, suggestions for related searches.