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Specialized Search Engines

These engines search only a specific piece of the Internet. See the "Vertical Search Engines" on our Deep Web guide for more of these.

  • BASE
    Bielefeld Academic Search Engine - searches online scholarly resources; from Bielefeld University in Germany.
  • Boardreader
    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.
  • Smashfuse
    Searches social media. Results are displayed as a board, rather than a list.
  • Technorati
    Searches blog entries; includes a directory of blogs.
    U.S. Government web sites
  • Wolfram Alpha
    Calculations and data

Search Engines

    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.
  • Blekko
    Searchers can use "slashtags" to limit searches by date, subject category, and/or other attributes.
  • DuckDuckGo
    A search engine that prides itself on privacy and "breaking out of the filter bubble."
  • Exalead
    Allows users to personalize the interface. Thumbnail images of results.
  • Gigablast
    Identifies itself as the "search with attitude" that is eco-friendly. Freshness dating is one of their major attributes.
  • Google
    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.
  • Lycos
    Another large search engine with e-mail & news portal.
  • Sweet Search
    "A search engine for students" with pre-screened websites.
  • Yahoo!
    Front page is designed to short-circuit many common searches with instant access.
  • "Top 15 Most Popular Search Engines"
    From eBiz MBA.

Related Guides

Here's another fine Guide on web searching. 

Deep Web
by Jeff Papier - Last Updated Sep 11, 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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Metasearch Engines

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.

  • Clusty
    Results are clustered into clouds, making it easy to focus your search.
  • Dogpile
    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
    Includes results from 14 different search engines, including Google and
  • IxQuick
    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.
  • Mamma
    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.
  • WebCrawler
    Searches Google, Yahoo!, and "other popular search engines."
  • ZapMeta
    Includes clustered results by topic, suggestions for related searches.

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