Internet Search Engines

There are many different search engines, directories and indexes that may be used for searching the Internet. Each differs in structure and search capabilities. Spending some time exploring how each one works can save you time later.

Examples of different types of Internet search tools

Search Engines
  • Link to Anzwers

  • Anzwers. provides users with relevant Australian, New Zealand and global search listings and content on a daily basis.
  • Link to Google

  • Results are ranked according to the number of linkages from other sites. Use the 'advanced' function to refine your search.
  • Link to Yahoo

  • Enjoy a Yahoo! experience that's made in Australia.

    Meta Search Engines
  • Link to Dogpile

  • If you had a choice between a single-person search party, or a search team of half-a-dozen, which would you choose? Yep, us too. Why not put six search engines to work on something in the same time it takes to use one? This is what we call metasearch. Dogpile puts the power of all the leading search engines together in one search box to deliver the best combined results. The process is more efficient and yields more relevant results.
  • Link to Metacrawler

  • MetaCrawler uses innovative metasearch technology to search the Internet's top search engines, including Google, Yahoo! Search, MSN Search, Ask Jeeves, About, MIVA, LookSmart and more. With one single click, MetaCrawler searches the best results from the combined pool of the world's leading search engines -- instead of results from only one single search engine
  • Link to Vivisimo

  • Vivisimo was originally founded in 2000 by three Carnegie Mellon University scientists who decided to tackle the problem of information overload in web searches by developing new technology to organize unwieldy search results in a completely innovative way. They used a mathematical algorithm and deep linguistic knowledge to find relationships between search terms and bring them to light. Over the years, the company has built upon the original technology of document clustering with the same guiding principle of using technology to help users conquer information overload and harness the true power of a search.

    Web Directories
  • Link to Librarians' Internet Index

  • The LII Mission Statement: The mission of Librarians' Internet Index is to provide a well-organized point of access for reliable, trustworthy, librarian-selected websites.
  • Link to The World Wide Web Virtual Library
    The World Wide Web Virtual Library (VL) is the oldest catalogue of the Web, started by Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of HTML and of the Web itself, in 1991 at CERN in Geneva. Unlike commercial catalogues, it is run by a loose confederation of volunteers, who compile pages of key links for particular areas in which they are expert; even though it isn't the biggest index of the Web, the VL pages are widely recognised as being amongst the highest-quality guides to particular sections of the Web.

    Other Specialised search engines
  • Link to Scirus

  • Scirus is the most comprehensive scientific research tool on the web. With over 450 million scientific items indexed at last count, it allows researchers to search for not only journal content but also scientists' homepages, courseware, pre-print server material, patents and institutional repository and website information.
  • Link to Google Scholar

  • Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles, from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations. Google Scholar helps you identify the most relevant research across the world of scholarly research.

    Which Search engine do I use?

    Link to Noodle Tools Choose the best search for your information need.

    The mass media would have you believe that there are only 5 or 6 search engines in the world. They're wrong
    Search Engine Colossus is a directory of international search engines.
    Last Updated:24th April 2012
    Updated By: Michelle Down