Friday, May 11, 2007

Alternative Search Engines

One of the problems I experienced when researching topics online is the way some of the most well known search engines present the results of a search. In this day of E-Business on the web, many companies are buying their way to the top of results pages produced by some search engines. The implication is that instead of finding the information on a requested topic, the results page produces commercial sites promoting products classified by the key words entered for the search.

Do not become too frustrated; however, all that advertisement on the web helps maintain the accessibility of information for everyone. You just need to look for alternative sources. Listed here are 10 alternative sources to help you on your way:


Noodle Tools is a site that you can use to help search specific directories by the type of information you are looking for. You can scan down the site and find a castigatory for the information, for instance “science and technology”. You will then see a number of links to search engines that may produce the best results.

The Library Spot links library resources in a convenient location and may provide useful resources for research. This is also a good site to browse for enjoyment.

Finally, one excellent resource to use to locate other alternative search engines is About: Web Search. This site presents a listing of 100 search engines and categories for search engines.

You should have little difficulty locating information online using these resources. This is just a small sampling of what is available.

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