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A Few Search Engine Options, other than Google
i.e., Different ways to search the web:


Wolfram Alpha

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Wolfram Alpha is not your everyday search engine. 
It returns graphs, data, tables, maps, images, and more.

  • It can help you rhyme, create word puzzles, and analyze readability.
  • It can compute probability. 
  • It can solve algebraic equations.
  • It can draw fractal sets.
  • It can analyze the nutritional information of any food.
  • It can compare movies and cities.


Clustering Search Engines:
There are TWO interesting clustering search engines. But, why cluster? Organization.....

Carrot2 organizes results into useful clustered categories.
If you want, you can view results in a colorful circle:
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or foam format
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YIPPY is also a clustering search engine that searches other search engines.


DuckDuckGo does NOT track your searches. It searches Web, images and videos and offers a safe search feature.
DuckDuckGo does not collect or share your personal information. 
It’s also available as an app for Android and iOS.


CC Search:
If you are searching for IMAGES, use Creative Commons search.
What IS Creative Commons?  (Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that works to increase the amount of creativity (cultural, educational, and scientific content) available in “the commons” — the body of work that is available to the public for free and legal sharing, use, repurposing, and remixing.)

Google Books: Some book results are available as previews. Google Books is an underused treasure. You can discover old newspapers and very old titles that are primary sources. There are manuals and diaries and so many issues of old magazines, including full-text issues of Life Magazine


Google Scholar: offers a first step into academic research for many users who know of its treasures. It links to many libraries’ database offerings as well as available open access articles with pdf and html links to the right of a result. With one click you can trace who is citing whom and discover the authors who are most prominent in any area of research.  In addition to academic articles, you will find graduate theses (with their helpful lit reviews), legal and court opinions, scientific research reports and more. And, when you click on the quotation marks under a result you will get a formatted citation in a variety of styles.


Google Images "simply rocks. The reverse image search allows you to identify image sources or what an image actually is. It’s both fun and useful to filter by image type and color. When you get those tricky questions like, “I am looking for a book about an elephant. It had a blue cover and the picture looked like. . .”   Try adding format-type words like chart or caption or table or diagram to dig up serious content in books and reports."


Google News: This very handy news search offers hidden features. In Settings, students can manage their news sections. News categories allow for sorting by region or topic. You can choose news by country. Google News also offers a Newspaper Search.  After you hit return, the Custom range filter under Any time allows you go way far back in time and dig up all sorts of historical content.



**From Joyce Valenza's article, in School Library Journal, January 11, 2018.