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Academic references
Business, investment, jobs
Computers, Internet
Education: teacher, student resources
Entertainment, transportation, travel
Government, law, official documents, statistics
Health, fitness, nutrition, weight, safety
Interests: hobbies, lifestyles, social issues
Language tools
Locating people, organizations, places
Shopping: other
SEARCH OTHER THAN BY TOPIC
Country, language, audience, Internet application
File format
Search tool abilities

Multi-media
files: images, audio, or video content


Meta and all-in-one search tools

Information Source Description Web Address
Copernic Audio & Video Files: music, sounds, videos, screen savers, desktop images, etc., on specialized sites
Audio & Video Streams: audio and video streams on specialized sites
Images: photography, posters, graphics, etc., on specialized sites
Music: titles, authors, performers, reviews, etc., on specialized sites: Search Tool Guide: Entertainment, transportation, travel
Movies: movie titles, actors, directors, reviews, etc., on specialized sites: Search Tool Guide: Entertainment, transportation, travel
Profusion Audio and Video; Broadcast; Games; Images; MP3 Link no longer active, but you can still consider the listed search tools.


Individual directories & other search tools

SearchEngine
Watch.com
Directory of multi-media search engines www.searchengine
watch.com/links/
article.php/2156251
All the various kinds of multi-media files
ADAM Gateway to art, design, architecture, and media information adam.ac.uk
AlltheWeb Has specialty searches for each of pictures, audio, and video

www.alltheweb.com

AltaVista Has specialty searches for each of pictures, audio, and video

www.altavista.com

American Library Association Directory of search engines across the world

www.lita.org/committe/top
tech/toolkit.htm#multimedia

American Memory Looks for historical maps, movies, photos and prints, audio recordings memory.loc.gov/
ammem/collections
/finder.html
Creative Commons Searches for photos, music, text, books and other content; specializes in materials that you are free to share or modify for your own purposes

creativecommons.
org/find

GoFish Finds multi-media files for a fee

www.gofish.com

University at Albany Library Multimedia and images library.albany.edu
/internet/engines.
html#multimedia
Audio files containing music
All Music Guide Detailed, comprehensive, and authoritative source for music information www.allmusic.com
Big Search Engine Index
Search tool guide, "MP3 music" branch

www.search-engine-index.co.uk/Music_Search
/MP3_Search

FindSounds Finds sound effects and musical instrument samples; for simple sounds. www.findsounds.com
Google Music Search Finds music

www.google.com/
musicsearch

Yahoo Finds music

audio.search.yahoo.com

Audio files containing special sound effects
FindSounds Finds sound effects and musical instrument samples; for simple sounds www.findsounds.com
Ljudo Finds sound effects of many kinds, in MP3 and RealAudio formats

ljudo.com

Naturesongs Finds sounds from birds, animals, waterfalls, and the like

www.naturesongs.com

SoundAmerica Finds sound effects in various categories presented as lists of files

www.soundamerica.com

Wav Central Finds sounds such as background sounds used in commercials

www.wavcentral.com

Audio files containing speech recordings
SpeechBot Experimental search of popular U.S. radio shows; can be used to find audio clips having specified search terms speechbot.research.
compaq.com
The Eararchives Finds files in WAV format by actor, character, title, or WAV file description

www.the-eararchives.com

The Daily WAV Features a new WAV file daily with a variety of sayings from different pop cultures

www.dailywav.com

WebCorp Historical sounds, such as speeches by political leaders

www.webcorp.com
/sounds

Image/graphics files containing pictures, photos, and drawings
SearchEngine
Watch.com
Article: "Searching For a Better Image"

searchenginewatch.com
/searchday/article.php
/3580061

AskJeeves Picture Search General collection of images by a mainstream search engine

pictures.ask.com

British Pathe Historical photos covering news, sport, social history, and entertainment from 1896 to 1970 www.britishpathe.
com/index.cfm
Big Search Engine Index Search tool guide, "image and photo" branch

www.search-engine-index.co.uk/Images_Search

ClassroomClipart Clip art for children classroomclipart.com
Corbis General collection of images

pro.corbis.com

Ditto General collection of images

www.ditto.com

Getty Images Provides an aggregation of a number of specialized image collections

www.gettyimages.com

Google Images General collection of images by a mainstream search engine

images.google.com

Library of Congress Collection of all images from American LOC

memory.loc.gov/ammem
/mdbquery.html

MSN Search General collection of images by a mainstream search engine

search.msn.com/images

New York Public Library Picture Collection Provides a mostly pre-1923 collection of 30,000 digitized images from books, magazines, newspapers, original photographs, prints, and postcards

digital.nypl.org/
mmpco

PicSearch General collection of images

www.picsearch.com

Richman's list Picture/art sites jr.co.il/hotsites/
pictures.htm
SILS Art image search www.si.umich.edu
/Art_History/search.
html
TimePix Photos, prints, and illustrations taken from Time-Life magazines and the Mansell photograph collection www.thepicture
collection.com
Yahoo Images General collection of images by a mainstream search engine

search.yahoo.com
/images

Video files
SearchEngine
Watch.com
Article: "A Look At Other Video Search Tools"

blog.searchenginewatch.
com/blog/050125-071400

Article: "Inside the Internet Movie Database"

searchenginewatch.
com/searchday/article
.php/3557726

Article: "Video and Podcast Search Engines"

searchenginewatch.
com/searchday/article
.php/3555196

Blinkx TV Uses speech-recognition technology to create searchable text transcripts (as opposed to using closed captioning text)

www.blinkx.tv

Critical TV Uses the closed-captioning from most U.S. news networks and major market local stations; can search in real time

www.criticalmention.
com/platform.asp

Google Video Search Searches for TV video snippets based on the closed captioning text that accompanies them

video.google.com

Internet Movie Database Provides a sophisticated, advanced search interface that "offers representation listings for over 35,000 individuals, including actors, writers, and directors, as well as contact details for over 8,000 companies in the entertainment industry"

www.imdb.com/list

reCap Replays U.S. congressional videos within moments after the debates occur

recap.fednet.net/
recap_promo.asp

ShadowTV Uses the closed-captioning from most U.S. news networks and major market local stations; can search in real time

www.shadowtv.com

Singingfish To quote: "... indexes multimedia formats, ... search through categories spanning music, news, movies, sports, TV and radio, and finance..."

search.singingfish.
com/sfw/home.jsp

SpeechBot Uses speech-recognition technology to create searchable text transcripts (as opposed to using closed captioning text)

speechbot.research.
compaq.com

TVEyes Using voice recognition technology to identify words and create indexes, allows you to search each and every word spoken during TV news broadcasts

tveyes.com

Virage Searches for PBS TV video snippets based on the closed captioning text that accompanies them

www.virage.com

Yahoo Video Search To quote from Yahoo: "... will allow you to search every word spoken during television news broadcasts from the BBC, Sky News, and Bloomberg. You'll be searching the closed captioning associated with the broadcast and then can click to view the full-motion video of your search terms being spoken."

video.search.yahoo.com

Also see Search Tool Guide: Entertainment, transportation, travel, the sections dealing with entertainment.


Other files types
: presentations, spreadsheets, XML, and others


Meta and all-in-one search tools

Information Source Description Web Address
Any meta search engine that searches using the catalogs of the any of the main search engines
Profusion PDF Link no longer active, but you can still consider the listed search tools.


Individual directories & other search tools

Search Adobe PDF Online Shows document summary before downloading searchpdf.adobe.com
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Search Tool Guide for Effective Internet Search           Copyright Baylin Systems, Inc., 2005