Search Engines

Information on Search Engines, Strategies, and other useful information to use in class projects.
Note: Remember the following:

  • Each search engine has strengths and weaknesses ¬†
  • Each search engine indexes (or organizes) its search results differently
  • Each search engine has an advanced search

Search Engines: Crawling the Web- These are the search engines that actually "crawl" the web.
Search Engines : Up and Coming - These are lesser known engines that are very useful.  They also use results from other web crawlers.
Search Directories - These are search engines that organize their results similar to the Yellow Pages(tm) Phone Book. (ie - the results are organized by ideas).
Meta Search Engines - These search multiple engines at once.
News Search - These are search engines that search only news services.
The Invisible Web: I'm working on a definition of this.....
Books - These are books on searching the web. Some very good techniques in them.
Last Updated: April 2, 2014
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Search Engines - Crawling the Web


Bing helps you turn information into action, making it faster and easier to go from searching to doing.


The search engine that doesn't track you. A superior search experience with smarter answers, less clutter and real privacy.


A powerful, new search engine that does real-time indexing!


Search the world's information, including webpages, images, videos and more. Google has many special features to help you find exactly what you're looking for.


The search engine that helps you find exactly what you're looking for. Find the most relevant information, video, images, and answers from all across the Web.

Search Engines - Other Choices


AOL is the go-to destination for the latest stories shaping the world and impacting everyone.

Ask is the #1 question answering service that delivers the best answers from the web and real people - all in one place.

Ref Seek

Academic search engine for students and researchers. Locates relevant academic search results from web pages, books, encyclopedias, and journals.


The best search engine out there

HotBot Search - Search the web as well as weather forecasts


Real-time blog search engine. Trends tracking.

iSeek - Target web information with ease.

Search engine and human edited web directory KartOO

Quick web search and get relevant results with the meta search engine with its directory and services that make the Net a portal KartOO totally free.


Lycos is your source for all the Web has to offer - search, free online games, e-mail, build free websites, videos & movies, news, weather and more.

Surf Canyon

Surf Canyon develops Dynamic Search, a real-time contextual search technology that automatically disambiguates intent by observing real-time user behavior. This patented technology assists users in finding relevant information buried within the often overwhelming amount of search results.



Search Directories


Help build the most comprehensive human-reviewed directory of the web

Yahoo Directory

Small Business: Reliable web hosting, domain registration, website site design templates, e-commerce solutions for your online store and business email.

internet public Library

ipl2: Information You Can Trust features a searchable, subject-categorized directory of authoritative websites; links to online texts, newspapers, and magazines; and the Ask an ipl2 Librarian online reference service.

Meta Search Engines


Multi dimensional metasearch engine with clustering and advanced linguistic capabilities

SimilarSiteSearch helps you find similar, related, or alternative websites. Our goal is to generate the most relevant results for our users.


Zuula is an innovative Internet search service that gives its users quick access to web, image, news blog and job search results from all the major search engines.With Zuula, users have the ability to get search results from their favorite search engine, such as Google or Yahoo!, but they also have one-click access to search results from a number of other search engines.

Search Engine Colossus

Find search engines from the UK, USA, and many other countries


Access all the major search engines directly from this site. Find the information you're looking for. Query every important site.

News Search

Invisible Web

Research Beyond Google

Writing a research paper? Google has a lot of information indexed, but it's nothing compared to what else is out there.