Chapter 2. Quick Click to Search Engines

To find any information online, you need to use a search engine. Search engines offer keyword search of databases comprising web pages, links and meta information (titles of articles etc.)

A good search engine must offer its user relevant results, have a simple design and convenient interface, and provide tools to expand a search or make it more particular.

Over the years, Google has been the most popular Web search instrument for many people. Two other currently largest engines are Bing – former MSN (the 2-nd largest engine) and Yahoo! (the 3-rd largest engine). 

However, there is no universal search tool which can find everything. It is wise to use not one but several search engines for advanced and more detailed Internet search.

To exclude unnecessary pages, commercials etc. and find whatever you exactly need, you will have to think how to formulate your question accurately and then spend some time analyzing the results.

Search engines can be general as well as specialized. General engines are the ones like listed above which are commonly known, while specialized engines help finding information on a specific subject. They include Google Scholar (searching for academic papers), Webopedia (online tech and IT dictionary), Pubmed (searching for medical publications), Britannica (searching through Encyclopaedia Britannica) etc. You should choose one or several of them depending on your purpose.

SAFE GOOGLE SEARCH

 

SafeGoogle


Web

www.aresearchguide.com







 


ANSWERS.COM – DICTIONARY, ENCYCLOPEDIA

 

Power Reference

Online dictionary, thesaurus, encyclopedia and much more…

Who is… What is…





YAHOO! – DIRECTORY


 


ASK.COM

 

Have a Question? Just type it in and click Ask!




For example: How do I write a Bibliography?

 



AMAZON.COM – SEARCH PRODUCTS

 

Search:
Keywords:


AMAZON.CA – SEARCH PRODUCTS


Search:

Keywords:



In Association with Amazon.ca

 


 

Other Search Engines, Meta Search Engines, and Directories
in Alphabetical Order

starDenotes major search engine, tool, directory, or reference site.

Amazon.com
Answers.com (Dictionary, Encyclopedia) AOL Search
Ask.com (formerly Ask Jeeves!
Bing

Britannica (Metasearch)

DogPile (Metasearch)

SafeGoogle

star

Web

www.aresearchguide.com






Google Scholar

Google Suggest – Beta

star

HotBot

star

Pubmed (Medical publication search)

Webopedia.com  (Online Tech Dictionary for Students, Educators and IT Professionals)

Yahoo! (Directory)