Tips and Resources for Online Search

Using Meta-Search Engines

A metasearch engine is a search engine “aggregator”. It accumulates data from other major search engines and presents the aggregated results.  It has a specific focus for the search results that are beneficial for different situations.

 SOOVLEis a great free tool for keyword search.  This customizable engine combines the keyword suggestions from all the major providers in one place: Google, Bing, Amazon,, Yahoo, Wikipedia, YouTube. Get all your inspirations for keywords on subject of interest.

Dogpile – Fetches results from Google, Yahoo!, Yandex, Bing, and other popular search engines, including audio and video content from as Yahoo!

DuckDuckGo – Gets its results from many sources and is known for focus on privacy. You can use it when you want search results without being tracked.

Carrot2 – Uses algorithms to organize search results into thematic folders.
Results are populated according to eTools and PubMed searches.
You can use it when you want search results that are organized into topics.

eTools is A Switzerland based international metasearch engine. It can be used when you want international search results from 15 different search engines in full privacy.

Ecosia – It is an eco-friendly search tool, that uses ad revenue from user searches to plant trees where needed. It donates 80% or more of its profits from ad revenue to nonprofit organizations that focus on reforestation.

WolframAlpha  It is known as a free online computational knowledge engine. You can use it when for help with searches related to math, science, culture, and more.

Million Short
It allows you to filter your search results (include or remove certain types of results).  You can use it when you want to filter your search results for specific types of sites or content.

It doesn’t save or identify their users’ IP addresses, browser user agents, unique IDs, or search history.  You can use it when you want to make private searches.

It is a retro-style, open-source search engine with its own Spell Check. You can use it when you want an old school search engine that isn’t owned by a mega corporation.

You can gather search results from community forums.

Using TinEye, you can search by image – to find out where it came from.

It categorizes your search results into general results, news, and social search results. You can use it when you want to use a privacy-based search engine with specialization in in music.

Infinity Search
It offers ability to customize attributes like font size and family. They also use a form of search monetization called Coil which allows users to directly support the sites that they visit

It encrypts all of its traffic, provides anonymous search results without tracking of any kind and no website cookies and IP addresses.

It uses semantic information recognition to offer intuitive answers and shows other queries, using color to differentiate topics and size.  You can use it when you want private search results with an interactive and informative visual presentation.

Disconnect Search
It allows you to conduct anonymous search queries on Bing, Yahoo!, and DuckDuckGo. You can use it when you want to guarantee an anonymous search on another search engine.

It is a simple search engine with the same powerful results offered by Google’s search engine. You can use it when you want a truly anonymous search, as powerful as Google.

Search Encrypt 
It uses local encryption to ensure that users’ identifiable information cannot be tracked. You can use it when you don’t want your location or past searches to influence your search results.

It secures searches by sending them through a proxy IP address. You can use it when you want to ensure the privacy of your searches through use of a proxy.


Media Aggregators

Social Mention allows you to search across multiple types of networks including blogs, microblogs, bookmarks, comments, events, images, news, and more.

Use Buzzsumo if you have a topic in mind and want to see which articles on the web were most shared for that particular search. There is a paid version that can give you access to more tools for each topic.

Creative Commons Search will allow you to look through multiple sources including Flickr, Google Images, Wikimedia, and YouTube.

Wikimedia Commons has over 12 million files in their database of freely usable images, sound bites, and videos. Use the search box or browse by categories for different types of media.

Yahoo Video Search allows you to search through video content from their own network plus YouTube, Dailymotion, Metacafe, Myspace, Hulu, and other online video providers for videos on any topic.

Sidereel allows you to go beyond YouTube to find shows on dozens of streaming platforms like HBO and Hulu. If you’re looking for streaming videos, you’ll likely find it here.

Google Video Search will enable you to search for videos on any topic and filter your results by duration, date when uploaded, video source

Google Advanced Book Search will help you find search queries in books. You can also find entire books published online that might be available to download via PDF (when in the public domain).

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