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Favorite Search Sites

Fast results and effective relevancy ranking. Google Help: Cheat Sheet has searching tips.

Search engine designed for user privacy, consistent search results, and elimination of spam. Info

Internet Public Library
Real human librarians contributed these sites and classed them under human language subject terms.

Tools and Information for Power Searching

Best Search Tools Chart
from Infopeople

a wizard to help you choose where to start your search

Search Engine Land
articles and lists of new search engines and features

Web Search Engines    [ Help     


Excite         [Excite Help]

DuckDuckGo    ["Goodies"] - Calculator, conversions, map search, fact lookup, more

Google           [Google Help]    [Tips and tricks]


Lycos        [Lycos Help]   

MillionShort - use it to search everything except the top popular sites

Yahoo! Search      

Yahoo! en español

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Web Subject Directories

Internet Public Library
Real human librarians contributed these sites and classed them under human language subject terms.

Selected by librarians at the University of California. This directory has an academic focus and includes resources marked $ that are subscription-only. To get only the sites that are freely available outside the University, use Advanced search and select Free under "Resource access."

Open Directory (DMOZ)
The Open Directory project is created by volunteers.

Web portal with sections such as Autos, Finance, Jobs, News.

Yahoo en Español

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Meta Search Engines

These services piggyback on other search engines to display both web results and ads from the major search engines like Google and Yahoo. Look carefully at the results for "Ads" or "Sponsored" labels in order to tell the ad links apart from the web result links.




Webcrawler       [More info]

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Mail and News Searching Tools

Google's Index to Usenet (Google Groups)
Index to Usenet newsgroups and Google Groups. Good tool if you want to find a specific piece of information you think has been discussed in a newsgroup or Google Group.

Index to Mailing Lists and Usenet news. Good tool for finding electronic discussion groups on a topic.

Blog Search Tools

Blog searching by keyword or URL.

Google Blog Search
Search for a term across widely-read blogs as well as personal blogs.

Search blogs, Twitter, Facebook, or Search All.