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Interests: hobbies, lifestyles, social issues
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Locating people, organizations, places
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s backed by subject matter experts


Meta and all-in-one search tools

Information Source Description Web Address
Profusion Expert Directories Link no longer active, but you can still consider the listed search tools.


Individual directories & other search tools

SearchEngine
Watch.com
Directory of answers searching tools www.searchengine
watch.com/links/
article.php/2156081
All Experts A consultation resource offering free advice; experts are rated

www.allexperts.com

Ask A+ Locator Search by keyword or browse by subject, a database of "AskA" services for obtaining opinions from experts www.vrd.org/locator
Ask Jeeves! Database of answers to natural language questions www.askjeeves.com
Google Answers Paid help by Google researchers answers.google.com
/answers
Oxford.com Ask the experts about matters related to use of the English language

www.askoxford.com/
asktheexperts/?view=uk

Pitsco's Ask an Expert An consultation resource specializing in helping the K-12 audience

www.askanexpert.com

Virtual librarian services
24/7 Live reference from public library system www.247ref.org/portal
/access2.cfm?lib=Public
Ask a Librarian E-mail and live help from Library of Congress www.loc.gov/rr/askalib
Ask Kids' Connect Questions answered by school librarians www.ala.org/ICONN
/AskKC.html
Internet Public Library Reference E-mail reference www.ipl.org/ref/
QUE/RefFormQRC.html
Experts are often found in associations. For directories of associations, refer to Search Tool Guide: Locating people, organizations, places.


Tools that can
access the deep web, and/or parallel process several sources


Meta and all-in-one search tools

Information Source Description Web Address
Search tools having controllable search sets
Copernic Application that runs on your PC www.copernic.com
CAS (Chemical Abstracts Service) Scientific searching, including CAS SciFinder www.cas.org
STN On The Web stnweb.cas.org
EZ2WWW Global metasearch www.ez2www.com
Mamma The mother of all search engines www.mamma.com
Profusion Targeted searches by drilling into one of vertical search groups provided Link no longer active, but you can still consider the listed search tools.
Scirus Science searching www.scirus.com
Search.com CNet Networks search engine www.search.com
Surfwax Professional search tools, e.g., law, education, etc. www.surfwax.com
Turbo10 Searches the deep web turbo10.com
Vivisimo - Clusty Search Document clustering

clusty.com/search?query=&tb=vivisimo

ZapMeta Advanced web search, subject directory and shopping zapmeta.com/search/
meta/advanced/adv_web.pl
Tools that have search branches, perhaps very sophisticated drill-down directories or categories, but without user-controllable search sets or with very simplistic search sets
37.com Searches up to 37 search engines 37.com
Apple Sherlock Custom information in content-specific windows www.apple.com
/macosx/jaguar/
sherlock.html
BotBot Subject directory www.botbot.com
Gimpsy Directory of sites where you can accomplish tasks www.gimpsy.com/gimpsy
/searcher/examples.php
InfoGrid Master Internet index www.infogrid.com
Ithaki Canadian meta search engine www.ithaki.net
SearchBug.com Most useful and possible searches; also subject directory www.searchbug.com
Strategic Finder Query many search engines simultaneously www.strategicfinder.
com
Simple meta search/deep web search tools, i.e., one that have no or few branches for different kinds of topic or other specialization
Dogpile Uses Vivisimo (see below in this list) clustering technology to dynamically organize findings into topic categories www.dogpile.com
Fazzle Canadian meta search engine www.fazzle.com
Infonetware RealTerm Search Sorts search results by topic www.infonetware.com
Ixquick Meta searches done in many languages www.ixquick.com
Kartoo Meta search engine with visual display interfaces www.kartoo.com
Megaspider.com Multiple subject directories search.megaspider.
com
MegaWeb Multiple subject directories www.megaweb.com
MetaSpider Multiple subject directories www.metaspider.com
Myriad Search  

www.myriadsearch.com

QueryServer Clusters search results www.queryserver.
com/web.htm
Turbo10 Searches the deep web turbo10.com
Webcrawler Searches major search engines www.webcrawler.com
All-in-one search sites
Freeality.com Submit searches to many sites www.freeality.com
iTools Numerous tools for search, language, research, finance, etc. www.itools.com
Langenberg.com Submit searches to many sites www.langenberg.com
Queryster Allows switching between different search engines, carrying same simple search terms from one to another www.queryster.com


Individual directories & other search tools

SearchEngine
Watch.com
Directory of all-in-one search tools www.searchengine
watch.com/links/
article.php/2156071
High-level search guides
Big Search Engine Index Search tool guide, "meta engines" branch

www.search-engine-index.co.uk/Web_Search
/Meta_Search_Engines

Search engine discussion and commentary sites About Web Search websearch.about.
com/?once=true&
About.com - Article on top places to search the invisible web websearch.about.com
/cs/invisibleweb
/tp/invisweb.htm
Best Practices Search Engine Forums www.ihelpyouservices.
com/forums/index.php?
s=416088670d42ff1b7f84
0dc2365c1981
SearchEngineWatch.com www.searchengine
watch.com
SearchEngineWatch.com's list of search engine guides www.searchengine
watch.com/links/
article.php/2156161
Guides to search engines AllSearchEngines.com www.allsearchengines.com
American Library Association toolkit for the expert web searcher www.lita.org/committe
/toptech/toolkit.htm
#engines
Binghamton University Libraries search engine and directories overview library.lib.binghamton.
edu/search
CUI (Centre Universitaire d'Informatique: Université de Genève) cui.unige.ch/meta-
index.html
Indicateur.com www.indicateur.com
Noodletools.com - Debbie Abilock's guides - Choose the best search for your information need www.noodletools.com
/debbie/literacies/
information/5locate/
adviceengine.html
Noodletools.com - Debbie Abilock's guides - Deep web search tool recommendations www.noodletools.
com/debbie/literacies
/information/5locate/
advicedepth.html
Search Engine Colossus: International Directory of Search Engines www.searchengine
colossus.com
SearchEngineGuide.com www.searchengine
guide.com/search
engines.html
SearchEngineWatch.com - links to lists of various kinds of search engines and tools www.searchengine
watch.com/links
SearchEngineWatch.com's list of deep web and database search engines www.searchengine
watch.com/links/
article.php/2156181
Search Engine Yearbook www.searchengine
yearbook.com
University at Albany Library search engine overview library.albany.edu/
internet/engines.html
University of Oregon Libraries search engine overview libweb.uoregon.edu/
guides/searchweb
Yahoo Directory - Searching the Web dir.yahoo.com/Computers
_and_Internet/Internet/
World_Wide_Web/
Searching_the_Web
Deep and surface web search directories
About.com General-interest subject guides created by trained volunteers home.about.com
/index.htm
Beaucoup Source of free information in French www.beaucoup.com
Complete Planet Search subject, or drill down a subject list www.completeplanet.com
Direct search Provides search access to all direct search pages www.freepint.com/gary
/direct.htm
Geniusfind Topic-specific databases and search engines geniusfind.com
Infomine Scholarly Internet resource collections infomine.ucr.edu
Librarians' Index to the Internet Subject directories lii.org
Lycos Directory of searchable databases dir.lycos.com/Reference
/Searchable_Databases
Resource Discovery Network Full-text keyword search, or drill down a subject directory of academic databases www.rdn.ac.uk
Research Buzz Directory of websites for deep web search by alphabetic subject category www.researchbuzz.com
/categories.shtml
Scifinder Subject directories www.scifinder.com
Search.com Specialty searches www.search.com/sitemap
The Invisible Web Directory Subject directories to deep web www.invisible-web.net
For more details on many of these meta search tools, see the main book, Effective Internet Search: Chapter 1: Meta search engines and Chapter 1: Deep web search engines.


Tool
s that
access blogs and real-time RSS feeds


Meta and all-in-one search tools

Information Source Description Web Address
Clusty Blog Search Provides a meta search tool that sources the main blog search engines

blogs.clusty.com


Individual directories & other search tools

BlogDigger Finds bloggers in your location

www.blogdigger.com

Bloglines Provides a: "... service for searching, subscribing, publishing and sharing news feeds, blogs, and rich Web content"

www.bloglines.com

BlogPulse To quote: "applies machine-learning and natural-language processing techniques to discover trends in the highly dynamic world of blogs. ... brought to you by Intelliseek."

www.blogpulse.com

Blogstreet Searches for blogs based on blog profiles entered by you

www.blogstreet.com

DayPop Searches blogs www.daypop.com
Feedster.com Searches blogs

www.feedster.com

Google "... scans content posted to blogs and feeds in virtually real-time."

google.com/
blogsearch

PubSub Provides alerts in real-time of data from blogs and RSS feeds

www.pubsub.com

Technorati Provides a way of searching the "real-time" Web (blogs, in particular), based on "tags." To quote: "Think of a tag as a category or subject. People are tagging their posts, photos, and more."

www.technorati.com

Weblogs Compendium Finds: "... everything you need to know about weblogs/blogs: hosting services, tools, directories, definitions, RSS readers and resources..."

www.lights.com
/weblogs

Yahoo Provides filtering based on a file being in the RSS/XML format.

search.yahoo.com/
web/advanced


Tool
s that use advanced search filters


Meta and all-in-one search tools

Information Source Description Web Address
Copernic Uses most of its complex filters once the findings have been retrieved, by searching within results www.copernic.com
CAS (Chemical Abstracts Service) Scientific searching, including CAS SciFinder www.cas.org
STN On The Web stnweb.cas.org
Dogpile Searches major search engines www.dogpile.com
Hotbot Searches just one catalog at a time; conducts advanced searches of major webcrawler-based document file catalogs using complex sets of filters with same look and feel regardless of catalog; able to filter findings at the highest common denominator of the different catalogs www.hotbot.com
Ixquick Mentioned here since it provides a few good hits quickly; filters include phrases, Boolean operators, wildcards, and letter case (capitals); selects findings by using major engines' top ten results, including about 10% sponsored listings ixquick.com
Profusion Targeted searches by drilling into one of vertical search groups provided Link no longer active, but you can still consider the listed search tools.
Scirus Science searching with many predefined metadata fields in advanced search www.scirus.com
Vivisimo's Clusty Clustering search engine

clusty.com

Webcrawler Searches major search engines www.webcrawler.com
ZapMeta Advanced web search, subject directory and shopping zapmeta.com/search/
meta/advanced/adv_web.pl


Individual directories & other search tools

Any of the major search engines Such as Google, Yahoo, MSN Search, AlltheWeb, and others listed at SearchEngineWatch.com www.searchengine
watch.com/links/
article.php/2156221
Tools that can include often-ignored words in a phrase (e.g., "Vitamin A," or "to be or not to be," or articles of speech, such as "a, to, not, he")
Google By using the plus sign in front of the term www.google.com
AltaVista By enclosing the term in quotes as a phrase www.altavista.com


Tool
s that refine your search: provide hints or suggestions, dynamically cluster results into meaningful topic categories


Meta and all-in-one search tools

Information Source Description Web Address
Dogpile Uses Vivisimo (see below in this list) clustering technology to dynamically organize findings into topic categories www.dogpile.com
InfonetwareRealTerm Search Sorts search results by topic www.infonetware.com
Scirus Science searching; provides related categories on findings page www.scirus.com
Strategic Finder Clusters results into dynamically generated topic categories www.strategicfinder.com
Surfwax Allows you to select "Focus" terms (click top left) for broader, narrower, or synonymous terms www.surfwax.com
Vivisimo's Clusty Meta search engine, automatic clustering. No paid listings. Technology leased for use in Dogpile and Webcrawler (both owned by InfoSpace) clusty.com
WebBrain Furnishes a visual view of related topics www.webbrain.
com/html/default
_win.html
Webcrawler Similar to Dogpile above in this list www.webcrawler.com


Individual directories & other search tools

Tools that allow you to choose related to either broaden or narrow your search
AltaVista Shows related terms that others have used in similar searches; also AltaVista Prisma on simple Web search allows you to select related terms to continue your search www.altavista.com
Google Allows similarity search on synonymous terms, using the tilde (~) operator in front of a word; also shows related terms or directory categories with the search findings www.google.com
MSN Search On the results page, the simple Web search shows categories for broadening your search (at the bottom of the page), as well as terms for narrowing the focus (at the top of the page) search.msn.com
Teoma Provides expert hubs of links, similar in appearance to AltaVista's Prisma and to Wisenut www.teoma.com
WiseNut Generates categories that are semantically related to the words in your query, similar in appearance to AltaVista's Prisma and to Teoma www.wisenut.com


Tool
s that post-process your findings


Meta and all-in-one search tools

Information Source Description Web Address
Copernic Sophisticated search within results, grouping and sorting findings, document summarization, search history, search follow-up including tracking and sharing of findings, etc. www.copernic.com
Surfwax Search within results, sorting findings, document summarization, search history, sharing of findings, etc. www.surfwax.com


Individual directories & other search tools

Search tracking tools or lists thereof
SearchEngine
Watch.com
Article: "A New Approach to Sharing Web Research"

searchenginewatch.com
/searchday/article.php
/3550346

Article: "Tracking Changes on Web Pages"

Jan. 3, 2006

Article: "Monitoring Web Pages 24 Hours a Day"

searchenginewatch.com
/searchday/article.php
/2178631

Article on tools for search tracking www.searchengine
watch.com/searchday/
article.php/2178631
eSnips Allows you to "Snip, store, and share anything you like" from any webpage you find, and to store your snippets on the Web

www.esnips.com/
signin/index.jsp

Furl Helps you recall webpages you have surfed www.furl.net/index.jsp
Google Alert Searches Google daily; provides updates for new results; free service www.googlealert.com
InfoMinder Helps track your competition www.infominder.com
/webminder/index.jsp
OnFolio Organizes search history and selected findings for complex searches (searchenginewatch.com
/searchday/article.php/3325721
);
www.onfolio.com
Karnak Constructs personal libraries to answer queries www.karnak.com
PubSub Provides alerts in real-time of data from blogs and RSS feeds

www.pubsub.com

Seruku Indexes/annotates webpages in your browser history www.seruku.com/
index.html
SurfSaver Indexes/annotates webpages in your browser history www.surfsaver.com
TrackEngine Alerts you to specific events on specific webpages; e.g. press releases, new products, etc. www.trackengine.com
/servlets/com.nexlabs.
trackengine.ui.Login
Trackle Tracks webpages for content changes

www.trackle.com

TracerLock Tracking with AltaVista www.tracerlock.com
University At Albany Library Lists and links to different kinds of search engines library.albany.edu
/internet/engines.html
#new
:
WatchThatPage Monitors webpages for content changes www.watchthatpage.com
Website-Watcher Monitors websites for updates www.aignes.com
Webspector Automatically monitors webpages for content changes www.illumix.com/
webspector.htm
Tools that do document language translation
AltaVista Document translation www.altavista.com
Google Document translation www.google.com


Tool
s that work with mobile computing devices


Meta and all-in-one search tools

Information Source Description Web Address
Ithaki Provides a meta search engine that works with WAP (Wide Area Protocol) www.ithaki.net/
wap.html


Individual directories & other search tools

SearchEngine
Watch.com'
Gives a round-up of local mobile search tools

searchenginewatch.com/
searchday/article.php/
3498296

Provides a directory of WAP (Wide Area Protocol) search engines www.searchengine
watch.com/links/
article.php/2156391
Maporama Mobile Provides global maps and driving directions for users having Palm and Windows wireless devices

www.maporama.com/
home/en/company/
Mobile_Maporama.asp

4InfoNet Provides local information

www.4info.net

AOL Mobile Portal Provides local information

mobile.aol.com/portal

Google Wireless Searches for businesses by location - U.S. and Canada, using mobile devices

mobile.google.com/local

Provides a wireless user's guide www.google.ca/
options/wireless.html
MSN Mobile Provides maps and driving directions

mobile.msn.com

Synfonic Shortcuts Provides mainly local information from structured databases

www.synfonic.com

Yahoo Mobile Provides local and other information

wap.oa.yahoo.com

YP Provides yellow pages, reverse phone and address look-up, neighbor look-up and maps with driving directions

m.yp.com


Tool
s that work in your language


Meta and all-in-one search tools

Information Source Description Web Address
Ithaki Canadian meta search engine www.ithaki.net


Individual directories & other search tools

AltaVista General search engine www.altavista.com
Google General search engine www.google.com
Yahoo General search engine www.yahoo.com

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Guide organization
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SEARCH BY TOPIC

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

TOOL GUIDE HOME

ABOUT THIS GUIDE

Guide organization
Detailed guide contents

SEARCH BY TOPIC

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

TOOL GUIDE HOME

ABOUT THIS GUIDE

Guide organization
Detailed guide contents

SEARCH BY TOPIC

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


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