Subject Guides Web Directories and Search Engines

See Also: (hide)

  • Check out our Invisible Web subject guide to find web pages that are not indexed by a typical search engine.
  • See our Online Databases to search for articles, books, citations, and other materials available from the library's subscription databases.

Search Engine News and Comparisons

  • Search Engine Showdown
    http://searchengineshowdown.com/
    This site reviews and compares search engines, directories, etc. It is also a good way to keep up to date with changes in popular search engines such as Google.

  • Search Engine Watch
    http://searchenginewatch.com/
    News and commentary on the search industry. This site is particularly good for folks with websites who want to make their sites easier to find. "Search Engine Watch provides tips and information about searching the web, analysis of the search engine industry and help to site owners trying to improve their ability to be found in search engines."

Web Directories

Search Engines

  • AltaVista
    http://www.altavista.com/
    Offers a wide range of searching commands.

  • Bing
    http://www.bing.com/
    Bing is a search engine that finds and organizes the answers you need so you can make faster, more informed decisions.

  • Google
    http://www.google.com
    Our preferred search engine. For Google tips and tricks, check out the Google Cheat Sheet

  • Duck Duck Go
    http://duckduckgo.com/
    An easy to use search engine that goes out of its way to ensure your privacy. Duck Duck Go does not retain any personal information other than settings which you personally set.

  • Yahoo!
    http://www.yahoo.com/

  • Gigablast
    http://www.gigablast.com
    An excellent choice for searching government sites, blogs, or typing in general questions.

  • SweetSearch
    http://www.sweetsearch.com/
    A search engine for students where all results come from websites selected for their quality and research value. A good alternative search engine when doing research for school.

MetaSearch Engines

Metasearch engines allow you to search multiple search engines at once. For a good summary of the pros and cons of using a metasearch engine see the Metasearch Engine Summary from USC Beaufort's Library.

 
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