When I question my students on the first or second day of class about search engines, I usually ask: “Raise your hand if you use a search engine…” I make a dramatic pause “ … other than Google and Yahoo.” In 4 years of asking this question, I never have experienced more than 2 students in any class who have ventured any further than these 2 search giants; and these brave souls usually have only ventured as far as Dogpile.
There are many reasons to try other search engines, but see if you can come up with your own. Here is a short list of 5 search engines with which to get started.
1) Giga Blast
"We've been around since 2000, and we launched the first version of our search in 2002. We quickly became known as a highly-efficient search engine with both broad and deep coverage of the growing Internet.”
2) Ms Freckles
"From the UK, MsFreckles.com provides an easy way to make professional searches for the ordinary Internet user. It also offers translation of a text, calculator, superfilter, blogsearch and more. The site is available in English, Swedish and Chinese (simplified).”
“KartOO is a metasearch engine with visual display interfaces. When you click on OK, KartOO launches the query to a set of search engines, gathers the results, compiles them and represents them in a series of interactive maps.“
Type your request (e.g. buy books) and click to Find. You can begin with the phrase: I want to...
5) Custom Search Engine
The directory of Google Custom Search Engines (CSE).