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 The major search engines at this time are Google and Bing, both of which do their own searching and provide their own search results. Gigablast is the third search engine that does its own searching for you, but indexes fewer pages from the web than the big two. All other search engines out there provide web page results they get from one of these three. Yahoo, for instance, gets its results from Bing.
The search engines listed below also borrow results from one of the three above, but differ in how they display the results - adding features that make it easier to find what you're looking for.


These suggest other terms to search:

  • Carrot2   Gives list of sub-topics on the left; tabs at the top let you choose from searching through wikis, news, and images.
  • iSeek   Click on the education tab after entering search terms to narrow to only educational/informative results; also allows you to enter a search in natural language; provides window to narrow results by topic, as well as by people, place, date, and source (Ask, Bing, Google, NYT, etc.).
  • Yippy   Sorts sites by topics and sub-topics (called clouds) or by search engine they were found with; searches  Ask, Bing, Open Directory, Gigablast and others

These display full sentences of your search term:

  • Factbites   Displays results in meaningful, full sentences pulled from the web sites.
  • Sweet Search   Provides quality research-related web sites. Hover over the titles to show full sentences with your search words.

These show a screen image of the sites:

  • EntireWeb   Gives a thumbnail for each site and has a box on the results screen at the top to narrow results by the past day, week, month, or year.
  • Exalead    Gives a thumbnail image of web pages and choices to narrow your search on the right.
  • Nexplore   Displays 3 different ways: Summary with a small thumbnail, Gallery with all screen shots, or Line with all web matches on one seperate line.

This meta-search engine provides results from many search engines allowing you to compare results:

  • Zuula   Searches 9 different search engines including Google, Bing and Gigablast and separates results from each into different tabs (Google and Bing being 1st and 2nd). The best part is that it removes any duplicate web sites from previous tabs, leaving only the new web site matches to be looked at.
These search specific topics or types of info:

  • Google Book Search   Searches full text of books. Click on Advanced Search to search by subject; click on "Free Google eBooks" to omit the ones for purchase.
  • Google Scholar  Searches articles, theses, books, and court opinions from academic publishers, professional societies, universities, etc. to find scholarly research.
  • InfoMine  Searches scholarly information.
  • Scirus   Searches only scientific information.
  • Soople   Uses Google searching, but gives all the possible search options in separate search boxes.

This one provides data and facts-based information:

These search only specific web sites:

These search specific types of info:

And the most unique...

  • GoodSearch   Choose a charity and GoodSearch donates to them for every search you do.

Search from these widgets:


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