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Internet Search Tools

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General Search Engines | Meta Search Engines | Subject Guides | Web Searching Techniques

General Search Engines

Ask Jeeves
Jeeves is a search engine that is intended to be used with natural language questions. There are many extra features such as suggesting other terms that are along the same subject lines and local searching.

Bing is Microsoft's search engine. On the left side of the screen, it has buttons for searching images, videos, shopping, news, travel, history and maps. There is a visual search option, as well.

The most extensive search engine on the Web. Google search results are ranked based on site popularity rather than the common practice of paid positioning. Google also has specialized searches for certain operating systems, government documents, maps and scholarly articles. A single click translation service is available for most pages which will translate to the user's primary language. It also caches Web pages allowing an individual to view pages that are not currently available or that are on overburdened servers.

Yahoo is a collection of classified subject resources. If no matches are found in its own database, it searches the rest of the Web using Google. Options at the bottom of the screen link to searches in a particular country (Denmark, France, Mexico) or city (Los Angeles, New York City) which may be in the native language of that country.

Meta Search Engines

These search engines search multiple databases simultaneously. Both of these search engines remove the duplicates before presenting the search results.

Searches the major search engines simultaneously and allows the user to view the combined results or compare the results of the various engines side by side.

Subject Guides

These subject guides are a starting point to specific information on the Web. Although they do provide search engines, those engines search only on the individual Web site.

Scout Report Archives
The Internet Scout Project, located in the Computer Sciences Department of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is funded by the National Science Foundation. Resources can be searched by either a quick or complex search engine. Links can also be browsed by Library of Congress subject headings.

Web Searching Techniques

For more information on how search engines work, how to search, and tables and charts describing how these tools work, see the following articles:

Beyond General World Wide Web Searching (From UC Berkeley)

Searching the Internet

Last Updated: January 3, 2022