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Search Egnine and Directory Snapshot
Search Engine and Directory Snapshot
There are a variety of search engines and directories for finding a particular site or for locating sites by topic. Engines and directories vary in the subjects they cover, the actual sites they index, and the privacy risks they pose. Keep in mind that due to copyright and licensing, not everything that exists is freely accessible on the web. This is particularly true of material published between 1924 and 2000.
When you think of search engines, you probably think, Google. It has a reputation as the biggest, the best, and the easiest. While Google returns large and fairly accurate lists of results, it mixes term paper mills, commercial sites, and others of poor quality with reasonably decent sites.
In addition, Google maintains a record of your search history combined with a history of your use of its other services. The search engine also has shared and may still share large groups' combined search statistics with others.
Google shines when you use one of its specialized products such as http://news.google.com, http://maps.google.com, or http://scholar.google.com. It also works well or if you have a particular site or organization in mind. Keep in mind though, you do have other choices.
This site bills itself as a "private search engine." It does not create cookies or record your IP number yet still searches a variety of engines to retrieve comprehensive results. Other engines still retrieve more and better images than IxQuick, but their image search has improved markedly.
This is the Google search engine combined with IxQuick. It shares IxQuick's privacy with Google's power. Its search results are free of advertisements and sponsored links. If you enjoy searching plain, vanilla Google, try Startpage instead.
Bing is Microsoft's answer to Google. Bing offers robust results often in a different order from those on Google. It also has an incredibly smooth and speedy map search, and an intuitive and attractive interface.
Nexplore is a partially visual search engine that gives good size previews of web sites, and let you share the ones you like with your favorite social media or bookmarking provider. Nexplore's main drawback is a lot of prominent advertising around the box of search results.
Gigablast offers an environmentally friendly search engine, a clean interface, no sponsored results, and suggestions for improved searching presented in a light blue box at the top of the results window. Results include suggestions for the Dmoz Directory (See below.). Gigablast also links to the Dmoz Directory. Gigablast's advanced search lets you use Boolean operators (ALL and ANY results), as well as bound PHRASES much as you would in GIL-Find@GPC and GALILEO.
Blekko offers a clean interface, and slash tags (facets) in the left margin to help you narrow your search results. A link leads to more slash tags. Users can control the amount of advertising they see, and the amount of filtering the engine provides. Humans have a hand in editing/screening Blekko's results. Blekko's image search engine produces compact and wonderfully arranged results.
Before Google was "the search engine," Altavista held that honor. In many ways, it still outshines Google. It offers more search options including Boolean logic(AND, OR, and NOT), restriction by field, and a fairly sophisticated image and music search capability. Yahoo's software powers AltaVista's search engine. When you do not find something on Google, Altavista is still a good place to look, or make Altavista your first, search engine choice.
Ask.com provides suggestions for similar, alternative topics as well as the occasional image or still from a video. Ask has an eraser for scrubbing search histories, and lets any one customize its site from a large selection of themes. Its image searching uses an inviting, multicolumn format and often returns results that Google fails to find.
Teoma is a striped down version of Ask, with a spanking clean interface, and results just a little different from Ask.
A gateway to medical sites that allows users to screen out the hucksters and quacks and retrieve only trusted information simply by selecting HONcode sites from the light blue menu above the search box. HON, which stands for Health on the Net, screens medical sites for quality and credibility.
Infomine is a search engine that covers only scholarly web pages. Due to copyright, it has few, if any, full text articles. It does include government and reputable news sources. It also screens out term paper mills, and blatantly commercial sites.