Both students and professional writers use the web for research, marketing and more. Our list of 100 different search tools can help you manage your business, become a better biz tech or web writer, find primary sources, look up translations, and find the more authoritative information out there with minimal effort. Bookmark your favorites to take full advantage of everything they have to offer.
Meta Search Engines
Meta search engines are especially useful because they bring maximum results to you efficiently and accurately.
1. Draze: Draze compares searches from Google, Yahoo and MSN all at once.
2. Dogpile: This multi-search engine features a toolbar, SearchSpy tool and more.
3. ChunkIt!: This sophisticated tool finds hidden content and is great for serious researchers.
4. Mamma: Let Mamma help your search. You can search for the web, videos, shopping pages, jobs, the Yellow Pages and more.
5. WebCrawler: This tool features a toolbar as well as the ability to search Google, Live Search, Yahoo! and Ask all at once.
6. Clusty: This meta search engine groups similar results together for easier browsing.
7. MsFreckles: Super organized writers can use MsFreckles to streamline their search and pull up all kinds of results, including definitions, text translations and more.
8. Trexy: Even absentminded writers can manage their research with Trexxy, a search tool that saves your memory without having to bookmark.
9. ixquick: This tool is very popular in Europe and keeps your personal information private.
10. Jux2: Find the most relevant information from Google and Yahoo! when you use this tool.
These old and new favorites are worth using for general searches.
1. Google: Still one of the most popular tools, Google is fast and easy to use. Newest versions allow you to set up your own personal page, too.
2. Alexa: Use the general search tool while comparing site traffic and checking up on your competitors.
3. Live Search: MSN’s search has gotten quite a makeover. Live Search is a sleek design that can pull up web results, images, video, maps and more.
4. Yahoo!: Yahoo!’s shortcuts and individual channels make it easier to pinpoint what you’re looking for.
5. Wikia: For a simple, clean search that depends on community recommendations and input, Wikia is a good choice.