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Search engines that help you find whatever you're looking for. If you know the kind of information that you want, this page will assist you in identifying good web search engines to use.

Major types of search engine

Keyword Search engines
You know what you're looking for, and can describe it with some key words or phrases.
Google is always a good bet, since it has the largest index
Yahoo Search is the second most popular keyword search engine
Bing may provide results if the other two don't work
Exalead is an excellent choice and makes a change from the big 3
SearchLion covers Web, images, news, video, blogs, twitter. Nice and easy.
WebNocular It's your bog standard web search engine, which covers web, image, video, news, blogs, wikis, childrens and so on.

Index or Directory based search engines
These search engines arrange data in hierachies from broad to narrow. Good if you need an overview of a subject or you're not entirely sure of what you want.
Yahoo Directory provides 14 main categories
Virtual libraries from Pinakes. Drill down for the content/sites you need
The Open Directory Project provides access to 16 main categories

Multi or Meta search engines
These search engines are useful if you need to run a comprehensive search quickly across a number of different engines, to compare results or to suggest search engines that you may not have tried before. The majority do a Google, Yahoo, MSN, Ask search (GYMA, or GYM search depending), but there are differences.

Browsys 18 search engine options. Formerly intelways
Forelook for Google, Bing, Delicious, Flickr, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Wolfram
Goofram for Google and Wolfram Alpha
Heapr for Google, Twitter, Wolfram Alpha, Wikipedia
Ixquick has a nunber of UK based engines in its collection
Izito 6+ standard free text search engines used
Joongel 10 engines in multiple categories
Kedrix Provides options for Bing, Yahoo, Twitter, Indian and Chinese engines.
Mamma been around for ever, good reputation
MyAllSearch You can choose from Google, Yahoo, Bing, Ask (Jeeves), Yandex, Lycos, Metacrawler, Entireweb and DuckDuckGo.
Nginer covers various types of search and engines. Framed results
Scour GYM search, + vote and comment on results
Search!o wide variety of different engines; 10 in total
Searchboth Compare 2 search engines at once, eight options
Searchzooka allows for complex searches across 7 different engines. Worth a look.
Sputtr has 7 categories.
Soovle for Google, Wikipedia, Answers, YouTube, Ask, Yahoo, Amazon
Symbaloo visual and multi engine, add your own engines as well.
Trovando is a first rate choice and a personal favourite. 33 options
Whonu? Wide variety of resources, lots of options, impressive
Zuula 11 different search engine options

Visual results search engines
Rather than a simple textual list of results some search engines will provide content in a visual format. This is great if you want a change, or to view results differently. These engines also appeal to students and children.

Allplus uses a cluster graph
Cluuz provides network results This is a nice little search feature for hashtags on Twitter.
oSkope uses Amazon, ebay and Flickr images displayed as thumbnails
Quintura is an engine offering a tag cloud based on results
RedZ provides an arc of webpages you can flick through
Search-cube uses a cube of thumbnails
Simploos The method of displaying webpages is by horizontal scrolling, with an automatic sliding to make it simple to the searchers.
Spacetime is like RedZ but larger thumbnails
TouchGraph for Google
WebBrain displays a visual representation above, and links below
Yometa takes the results from Google, Yahoo and Bing and displays them in a Venn diagram

Category search engines

Some search engines will create categories for you to narrow or expand your search criteria. This is good if you don't want to think, or need some help in areas that you don't know that well.

Ask suggests different categories
Carrot Clustering is an engine which provides options in various categories
Exalead has related term suggestions and other methods of narrowing your results
Gigablast provides some suggested terms/phrases
Google sets creates terms from a few examples
iSeek provides topics, people, places, organisations, dates etc as categories.
iZito provides topics to narrow a search
Yippy, formally Clusty. Clouds, sources, sites, time.
Zapmeta gives users basic options to narrow searches

Blended results

There are some search engines that will try and blend a variety of results onto one page for you - websites, news, video, images and so on. Good for an overall view of a subject area. Unfortunately there are not very many of them!

Allplus for clusters, web results, news, images, video
SearchLion covers Web, images, news, video, blogs, twitter. Nice and easy, with a nice blended approach.

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