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Search Engines (and more)

This page describes different ways to use search engines and other tools, to find information on the Internet.

Search Engines

Meta-Search Engines


Especially for Middle School Students*

Learn More about Searching


Search Engines 

Search engines use programs to visit sites on the web and build up databases of information. Effective search engines re-visit sites often to find new and updated information. When you enter a keyword in a search engine, you are searching its database of results that it gathered previously from the web. Be aware that search engines often have sites that pay to be included in searches. These are usually labeled "sponsored links" and appear at the top of the results. Here are some popular search engines:

Click here to see a short video that gives some hints on how to choose search engines and create searches that produce better results.

Want to see an extensive list of search engines. Check out The Search Engine List.

Searching the Invisible Web

Did you know... the major search engines miss information that is hidden to them, such as information in some databases. However, much of this information is still searchable. For scholarly searches that find some of this hidden information try one of the following:




Books (Many of them free!)

The Other Magic Word

Database. When you are searching, add the word "database" to your keyword(s). This can help your search pick up information in searchable databases.

Meta-Search Engines 

Meta-search engines give you compilations of results from multiple search engines. Here are two of the most popular ones:

  • Dogpile (Searches Google, Yahoo, Bing and
  • Ixquick (Lets you customize which search engine results are used.)


Directories show you sites that have been reviewed and selected by human beings based on predetermined criteria. The selected sites are then organized into categories. You may find it helpful to search directories by clicking on different categories and sub-categories, rather than entering keywords. 

Especially Useful for Middle School Students

Interested in Learning More about Search Engines?