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There are thousands of applications available on the Web that will help you find what you are looking for. These programs work a little bit differently from each other and plow through slightly different pastures. For excellent examples, see above: DogPile is useful for exploratory searches and Google is useful for more specific things. More than one search engine is needed to insure a thorough search. The following are both useful and easy to use. Note that when you visit some of these sites, information is collected about you without your permission. Alta Vista is a prime example.

  • DuckDuckGo finds stuff that you won't see on Google and does not collect as much personal information as other search services.
  • StartPage actually uses the Google search engine but does not collect as much personal information as other search services. It advertizes itself as the world's most private search engine.
  • Wolfram Alpha is a "computaton engine" that lets you calculate all kinds of things including inflation rates, statistical data (enter a string of number and calculate the mean), definition of words, etc.
  • Info.com uses multiple search engines and aggregates the results. You can search for audio, images, white pages, yellow pages, etc. Searching for things to buy will usually bring up reviews first before the vendor sites, which is good.
  • Surf Wax searches blogs and shows the results as you enter your search text.
  • Draze combines Yahoo, Google, and MSN. It has a nifty switch that lets you search the general Web or just shop.
  • Searchboth lets you combine any two search engines and shows you the results side-by-side.
  • Searchapedia has a huge list of over 250 search engines. Each is categorized and described briefly.
  • Yahoo Search has improved alot.
  • Which Engine - Phil Bradley's table that shows which search engine is best when asking various types of questions or when searching for various categories of information.
  • WikiSeek searches wikipedia sites and some of the sites that are mentioned in the wikipedia articles.
  • 10 Deep Web Search Tools - as reviewed by MakeUseOf.
  • 11 Search Tricks - also compiled by MakeUseOf.
  • Google Search Tips
  • GoogleTutor is some great information about using Google.
  • Google Operands is some great information about using Google operands like '-'.
  • Advanced Google Operators is some great, advanced information about using Google search operators.
  • Google Toolbar Download it and add it to Internet Explorer.
  • Pro Guide to Google Searches - Part I Has excellent tips on using Google search syntax.
  • Pro Guide to Google Searches - Part II Has more, advanced and excellent tips on using Google search syntax.
  • Startpage is a search engine that doesn't keep track of what you search for.
  • Webcrawler provides good results
  • Pandia PowerSearch has links to a lot of the better search engines.
  • Teoma
  • LookSmart
  • DogPile
  • Excite The content on this site keeps changing but it does include a search engine.
  • Ask.com
  • Educator's Directory searches sites for material relevant to educators.
  • WWWomen is a search engine dedicated to women's issues.
  • Search Beat The Search Beat has searched for you and put the best of their results into about 70 categories organized by theme.
  • Search Engine Guide has over 1,000 search engines arranged in various categories.
  • Search Engine Showdown has tutorials, reviews, statistics, and information on the major search engines.
  • Search IQ has a list of focused search engines, news, tips and tutorials on using search engines.
  • FindArticles searches an archive of about 300 magazines and journals. Surprisingly good results with links to the articles.
  • Find Sounds finds sound files on the Web.
  • Google News Group SearchFour stars outta five. lets you search for any communication to any news group (listserv) for the last 20 years.
  • iLOR uses Google, Altavista, etc. Highly customizable.
  • Google Scholar searches scholarly sources.
  • Exalead - interesting search engine shows thumbnails of the Web sites that result from the search as well as alternative search terms that deserve additional searches.
  • Google's Video Search searchs for videos on the Web. You can also check out random video clips if you want to waste a lot of time.
  • Google's Code Search has been discontinued but archives are available. It searches the Web for programming code.
  • Google's Book Search searches the Web for books containing the word or phrase that you enter.
  • TinEye You upload a picture and the site will search the Web for other pictures that look similar to it.



  • Search Engines for Kids
  • Awesome Library for Kids
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  • Research Buzz has a weekly newsletter about what's happening in the search engine world - additions, changes, deaths, merges, deaths, etc. The site contains a wealth of information about finding information.
  • Search Engine Watch is a pretty good site for info on search engines.
  • Windweaver Search Guide is a pretty good source for info on how to use the different search engines. It also has info which helps to decide which search engine is the best to use in a given situation.

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