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LIBRARY 101: Beyond Google

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Search Engines
  • DuckDuckGo
    A search engine with: • Way more instant answers. • Way less spam and clutter. • Lots and lots of goodies. • Real privacy. Made the PC world Top 100 websites list for 2011.
  • AmyGo
    AmiGO is the official web-based set tools for searching and browsing the Gene Ontology database, which consists of a controlled vocabulary of terms covering biological concepts, and a large number of genes or gene products whose attributes have been annotated using GO terms.
  • Blinkx
    Over 35 million hours of video: Search it all. Today, blinkx is the world’s largest and most advanced single index of rich media content on the Web, delivering more content from a broader range of sources than either Google or Yahoo!
  • Ask
    Founded as Ask Jeeves in 1996 and renamed in February 2005, is recognized for innovation in search technology and search interface design. sites include U.S. (, Deutschland, Espana, France, Italia, Japan, Nederland and UK. brands also include Mobile, Ask for Kids ( and Bloglines (
  • Blackle
    Blackle was created by Heap Media to remind us all of the need to take small steps in our everyday lives to save energy. Blackle searches are powered by Google Custom Search.
  • Yippy
    Yippy is a whole new way to search the web. Yippy queries several top search engines, combines the results, and generates an ordered list based on comparative ranking. This "metasearch" approach helps raise the best results to the top and push search engine spam to the bottom. But what really makes Clusty unique is what happens after you search. Instead of delivering millions of search results in one long list, our search engine groups similar results together into clusters. Clusters help you see your search results by topic so you can zero in on exactly what you’re looking for or discover unexpected relationships between items. When was the last time you went to the third or fourth page of the search results? Rather than scrolling through page after page, the clusters help you find results you may have missed or that were buried deep in the ranked list.
  • Exalead
    Exalead offers tools that allow you to find the information you seek on the Web quickly.
  • Yahoo
    Founded in 1994 by Stanford Ph.D. students David Filo and Jerry Yang, Yahoo! began as a hobby and has evolved into a leading global brand that has changed the way people communicate with each other, conduct transactions and access, share, and create information. Today, Yahoo! Inc. has become the world's largest global online network of integrated services with more than 500 million users worldwide. The company is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, with a presence in more than 20 markets and regions around the globe.
Subject Directories
Search directories for professionally selected and evaluated sites.
  • About is an online neighborhood of hundreds of helpful experts, eager to share their wealth of knowledge with visitors. offers solutions in the form of over two million hand-crafted, original articles, recipes, product reviews, videos, tutorials and more.
    INFOMINE is a virtual library of Internet resources relevant to faculty, students, and research staff at the university level. It contains useful Internet resources such as databases, electronic journals, electronic books, bulletin boards, mailing lists, online library card catalogs, articles, directories of researchers, and many other types of information. INFOMINE is librarian built. Librarians from the University of California, Wake Forest University, California State University, the University of Detroit - Mercy, and other universities and colleges have contributed to building INFOMINE.
  • Internet Public Library
    An online reference service that runs 24 hours/day, 7 days/week during most of the year. Questions are answered at no cost. This library also holds an online collection as well as "ready reference" materials.
  • Intute
    Website created by a network of UK universities and partners provides access to the Web resources for education and research. Subject specialists select, evaluate and describe the websites.
  • Librarian's Internet Index
    Librarians' Internet Index (LII) is a publicly-funded website which features high-quality websites carefully selected, described, and organized by our team of librarians. You can also search this website for the best of the Web. It contains over 20,000 entries organized into 14 main topics and nearly 300 related topics.
  • RefSeek
    RefSeek (rĕf-sēk) is a web search engine for students and researchers. RefSeek aims to make academic information easily accessible to everyone. RefSeek searches more than one billion documents, including web pages, books, encyclopedias, journals, and newspapers.
  • Spific
    The internet has grown to over 120 billion web pages, do you need them all? Our experts have created specific search engines that focus on the best the web has to offer. With Spific you will receive quality results every time so that you can stop searching and start finding. With Spific you can search the entire internet directly from our homepage or select a specific category. Each search focuses on a specific topic and will guide you to the highest quality results by allowing you to refine your results by date, site, and category. For example after searching the entire internet for the keyword "Olympics" you can then select a refinement such as "Blogs", to find Bloggers currently writing about the Olympics, "Forums", to find active discussions that you can join, "Videos", to view Olympics related videos, or "Stores", to find online stores offering Olympics related merchandise . Refinements appear as blue underlined text located directly above the search results, selecting one will refine your search and provide more relevant results.
Web Tutorials and Trackers
    Web search engine that also tracks and compares webpage traffic.
  • Bare Bones Tutorial
    Online tutorial developed and maintained by USC Beaufort South Campus Library staff includes lessons on internet history and search tips.
Invisible Web
  • Deep Peep
    DeepPeep helps you discover the entry points to content in Deep Web (aka Hidden Web) sites, including online databases and Web services.
  • Kosmix
    Kosmix is a guide to the Web. The site lets users explore the Web by topic, presenting a dashboard of relevant videos, photos, news, commentary, opinion, communities and links to related topics. Kosmix’s categorization engine organizes the Internet into magazine-style topic pages, enabling people to navigate the Web even if they don’t know exactly what they’re looking for.
  • Online Education Database
    Do you think your local or university librarian uses Google? Sure, but certainly not exclusively. In order to start researching like a librarian, you'll need to explore more authoritative resources, many of which are invisible.

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