Back in the good old days, a search engine did just that, searched for relevent information and read it back to you.
You might like to compare google's search results with those of alternative search engines. The results vary according to the search parameters used by each engine.
For a listing of search engines, see
Google alone is often not sufficient, however. Less than half the searchable Web is fully searchable in Google. Overlap studies show that about half of the pages in any search engine database exist only in that database. Getting a second opinion is therefore often worth your time. For a second opinion, we recommend Ask.com or Yahoo! Search. We no longer recommend using any meta-search engines.
The BEST Search Engines
UC Berkeley - Teaching Library Internet Workshops
SEARCH ENGINE TUTORIAL SITES
- About.com's Web Search - by Kevin Elliott, web consulting firm president, email newsletter link editor and search engine guru.
- Finding Information on the Internet: A Tutorial - by Joe Barker, Instruction Program Coordinator, University of California Berkeley.
- Pandia Goalgetter: A Short and Easy Internet Search Tutorial - by Per and Susanne Koch.
- Searching the World Wide Web - by Jesse Moore of Purdue University's Online Writing Lab
- University at Albany Libraries Internet Tutorial - by Laura Cohen, Network Services Librarian
- Web Search Engines FAQS: Questions, Answers, and Issues - by Gary Price
We've put a few popular search sites in the Search Bar in the upper-right corner of Firefox. If you'd like to add more, there are hundreds to choose from.
Click on a Search Engine to add it to your Firefox Search Bar:
Looking for help on how to use search engines better? This page provides a guide to key material within Search Engine Watch, resources across the web and articles written about searching better.