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Altavista home of "Babblefish" the online translator

Awesome Library

BUBL Link Utilizes the Dewey Decimal Classification system as the organization structure for its database, its a handy way to browse through subject areas

Casa Grande Public Library

Choose the Best Search Engine for Your Information Need Web page listing various ways of doing research (define the topic, types of results, research in a specific discipline, research for a specific type of file - sound, image, etc., the timeliness of the information needed; facts; and opinions or facts.

Clusty returns results in "clusters" or related categories in addition to just results.

Complete Planet - the Deep Web Directory - search using 70,000 searchable databases and specialty search engines

DMOZ - Open Directory Project

Dogpile is a metasearch engine which means that it searches more than one search engine at the same time.

Educator's Reference Desk 2,000+ lesson plans, 3,000+ links to online education information, and 200+ question archive responses

GoGooligans safe educational search engine for students

Great Websites Collection of websites for students that have been chosen by librarians.


Internet Search Engines for Kids

Ivy's Search Engine Resources for Kids Here you will find search forms for the major Internet search engines for kids

Kartoo is a 'visual' search engine which returns its results in a "mind map" format.

Librarians' Index to the Internet

Lost Titles, Forgotten Rhymes: "How to Find a Novel, Short Story, or Poem Without Knowing Its Title" The intent of the guide from the Library of Congress is to "help readers identify a literary work when they know only its plot or subject, or other textual information such as a character's name, a line of poetry, or a unique word or phrase." The guide is divided into three sections: Finding Novels, Finding Short Stories, and Finding Poems. Each of the sections gives directions for using general search engines, online book databases, library catalogs, listservs, message boards, and physical print resources that are available in public libraries.


Pandia for Kids and Teenagers Pandia is a metasearch engine and it searches over 15 different search engines and directories at the same time.  If you scroll down the page, you will also find search engines specifically for pictures, music and MP3s, and software.

Quintura is a 'visual' search engine which returns its results in "clouds" or categories of results.

Search Engine Colossus international directory of search engines

Search Engine Showdown the User's Guide to Web Searching - reviews on search engines, and helping choosing a search engine

Virtual Learning Resources Center


Created by Linda DeVore

Last Updated Wednesday, October 13, 2010