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When students think about search engines they tend to turn to Google. Yet there are
many other search engines available, and they all have strengths and weaknesses. Here
are five search engines that you may want to check out and share with your students.




finding Dulcinea is much more than a search engine. They state “Our mission is to bring
users the best information on the Web for any topic, employing human insight and
methodical review.” Their About Us section continues “findingDulcinea presents only
credible, high-quality and trustworthy Web sites, saving time for the novice and the
experienced user alike.

Each piece, whether a Web Guide, a Beyond the Headlines story or a Netcetera article,
receives the same meticulous research. The Web sites included in each piece are
connected through original narrative, providing users with information on each site
before they even click on it.”

Not only to the have a wide range of Web Guides and other resources available, they
also have a number of search engines. Sweet Search will take you to a number of
search engines, including the Sweet Search , A Search Engine for Students, and Sweet
Search 4 Me, a search engine for emerging learners.

And they have a site designed for educators, “findingEducation is a FREE educator tool
that helps you find the best online resources and share them with your students.”




findingDulcinea Home page. Note that you can quickly get to SweetSearch from this
page and that it is available in Spanish.
The “ipl2 is a public service organization and a learning/teaching environment. To date,
thousands of students and volunteer library and information science professionals have
been involved in answering reference questions for our Ask an ipl2 Librarian service and
in designing, building, creating and maintaining the ipl2's collections. It is through the
efforts of these students and volunteers that the ipl2 continues to thrive to this day.

In January 2010, the website "ipl2: information you can trust" was launched, merging the
collections of resources from the Internet Public Library (IPL) and the Librarians' Internet
Index (LII) websites. The site is hosted by Drexel University's College of Information
Science & Technology, and a consortium of colleges and universities with programs in
information science are involved in developing and maintaining the ipl2.”




This is the home page for ipl. You can quickly do searches or narrow down the area you
want to search by clicking on one of the buttons.
Image from Epicenter

DuckDuckGo is a search engine that respects your privacy…see billboard above!
Reviews on this search engine have been positive. They bill themselves as a general
search engine, but with less spam and clutter and lots of goodies. Check out their
Goodies Page. Some features that are mentioned are that all search results appear on
one page…it just keeps getting longer. Currently there are no advertisements. There are
fewer spam results in the searches. They have a tool called !bang, that allows you to
search other websites directly from DuckDuckGo.




This is a search result from DuckDuckGo. These are the first links that appeared with
this query.
Quoting from the website “blekko is a search engine that slashes out spam, content
farms, and malware. We do this by having a smaller crawl of 3 billion pages that focuses
on quality websites. We also have a tool called a slashtag that organizes websites
around specific topics and improves search results for those topics.”

For information on how to use blekko and the slash tags check out their help section.




This is a screen shot from a blekko search on new media literacies.
Yippy is another search engine that respects your privacy. They also organize the
search results into categories. They say they are a family friendly site. This search
engine used to be known as Clusty. The reviews I saw on this are mixed. Yippy does
say that they censor specific items (and the list is quite lengthy). They also state :
So to all the good people on God’s earth, we say "Surf and search away, all the time,
NO QUESTIONS ASKED. We trust you will love Yippy and all the services we offer. We
are proud to be Americans: One Nation Under God."




This is the result of a search on new media literacies. I clicked on the details (by the top
139 results) and it tells me what sources were queried.

				
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