Blogging Resources: Search Engines

google_search_2Better blog posts are built on a foundation of comprehensive research. Better bloggers are intelligent enough to know that limiting themselves to use of a single search engine will be reflected in the quality or lack thereof found in the content in their posts.

Search engines use automated software programs knows as spiders or bots to survey the Web and build their databases. Web documents are retrieved by these programs and analyzed.  Data collected from each web page are then added to the search engine index.  When you enter a query at a search engine site, your input is checked against the search engine’s index of all the web pages it has analyzed.  The best urls are then returned to you as hits, ranked in order with the best results at the top.

A search engine’s ability to understand what you want is very limited.  It will obediently look for occurrences of your keywords all over the Web, but it doesn’t understand what your keywords mean or why they’re important to you. To a search engine, a keyword is just a string of characters.  It doesn’t know the difference between cancer the crab and cancer the disease…and it doesn’t care.But you know what you query means (at least, we hope you do!).  Therefore, you must supply the brains.  The search engine will supply the raw computing power. — The Spider’s Apprentice

Search Engine Tutorials

Finding Information on the Internet is a tutorial on World Wide Web searching and choosing the best search tools or engines to refine searches and get the documents you want.  This tutorial presents the substance of the web searching workshops formerly offered by the UC Berkeley Library, but now suspended due to budget reductions. We use the term “Research-quality Web Searching” to reflect our belief that there is a lot of great material on the Web – primary sources, specialized directories and databases, statistical information, educational sites on many levels, policy, opinion of all kinds, and so much more – and tools for finding it are steadily improving.

How to Search the Web Tutorial is an introduction to searching the web, with basic search tips and information on search engines, subject directories, portals and gateways. The information contained in the lessons is truly “bare bones,” designed to get you started in the right direction with a minimum of time and effort. For more comprehensive and detailed help on searching the Web, consult our recommended list of sites in Lesson 20 at the end of this tutorial.

See also: Search Engine Guide

Search Engine Examples

Below are some examples search engines you may not know about.

AltaVista, a business of Overture Services, Inc., is a leading provider of search services and technology. AltaVista continues to advance Internet search with new technologies and features designed to improve the search experience for consumers. AltaVista provides the most comprehensive search experience on the Web. SEARCH: Worldwide or Select a country RESULTS IN: All languages

Dogpile
Why not put six search engines to work on something in the same time it takes to use one? This is what we call metasearch. Dogpile puts the power all the leading search engines – Google, Yahoo!, Live Search (Bing), and Ask – together in one search box to deliver the best combined results. The process is more efficient and yields more relevant results.

Internet Search Engines for Kids
Search multiple child safe search engines from this page. Links to web guides for kids.

MetaCrawler
MetaCrawler.com utilizes metasearch technology to compile results from many of the Web’s major search properties, delivering more relevant and comprehensive results every time you search. By accessing multiple search engines for each query, MetaCrawler.com provides you with a richer and more relevant spectrum of results than you would from using any single search engine.

Scirus is the most comprehensive scientific research tool on the web. With over 450 million scientific items indexed at last count, it allows researchers to search for not only journal content but also scientists’ homepages, courseware, pre-print server material, patents and institutional repository and website information.

Webcrawler
InfoSpace’s metasearch technology provides users with the “best of the best” results each time they search. InfoSpace metasearch helps advertisers achieve a much higher match rate than any other search engine and delivers more sponsored listings per commercial search.

Wolfram
Any statistical information or math formula can be found here. Wolfram Alpha is an answer engine developed by Wolfram Research. It is an online service that answers factual queries directly by computing the answer from structured data, rather than providing a list of documents or web pages that might contain the answer as a search engine might.


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  5. This is a handy list, TimeThief. Nevertheless, I wonder have you ever come through a search engine called “sputtr”? It can be used with/without registration however registration customise the search engine list. It’s found @ http://www.sputtr.com/

    p.s. I am real not bot :D Just in case this post might go to ‘Spam’ if you are running Akisemt plugin.

  6. Excellent information here. I thought I knew a bit about search engines, but you blew me away. I am going to check out Dogpile–looks like it may be quite useful.

    peace,
    mike

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