Well, it’s probable that you have heard of a few of the niche search engines mentioned by our friends from Social Blog 100+ Useful Search Engines. Aside from using megasearch engine Google, though, have you really surfed the more drilled down search sites? I’m sure you can find use from at least a few in the list. Below, we’ve selected one or several from each category that we find particularly useful.
Search blogs, games and even forum postings for information and fun.
Bloglines: Find “billions of articles” and posts going back to 2003 from blogs, comics and more.
FindSounds: This search site finds sound effects in all kinds of file formats, channels and resolutions. Very useful for making presentations impactful.
Quick Answer Guides
Have a specific question you need answered quickly? Go here.
Answers.com: Type in your question to this search box or answer other users’ questions about politics, automotive issues, TV shows and pop culture, health, technology and more.
AskMeNow: Use this site to do a quick Wikipedia search from your mobile phone.
eHow: This is the gold standard know-it-all site with literally an answer for any question you can think of.
Lexxe: Type in your question to this search engine, which pulls answers from its database of URLs added by users.
City Guides and Travel
Get to know your town a little better, or plan a vacation or study abroad trip with these search engines.
Google Local: Many don’t realize that this popular site is also a search engine. Find local businesses and addresses here.
MSN City Guides: Click on a city to get started or type in a general location or activity to let this search engine find fun things for you to do in your area.
CitySquares: the premiere hyper-local search site in New England, New York City and eastern New York State.
Kayak.com: This aggregate travel search engine finds the lowest air fares, cruise vacations, car rentals and hotel stays available through the Web that match your travel requests.
Trabber: Trabber.com searches 31 different websites to bring up cheap flights based on the schedule you submit.
Shopping Search Engines
Find customer reviews, product information and shopping sites with these search engines.
MySimon: This fun site lists shopping specials and gift ideas for holidays, and it lets you search within a specific category or conduct a general search.
Shopzilla: Shopzilla is super easy to use. Enter in the keywords or product description for the item you’re shopping for, or browse the categories on the right, to bring up results from online retailers like Amazon.com.
PriceGrabber: Conduct an advanced search by shopping different categories or type in exactly what you’re looking for on PriceGrabber.com.
Bing: This comprehensive site lets you first browse by category to narrow your search or type in keywords to bring up something more specific.
Those interested in staying current on business news and trends can take advantage of these niche search engines.
Bloomberg: Bloomberg.com connects you to business news through its search engine, breaking news articles and market data updates.
IFACnet: Accountants can use this search engine for industry news and “access to global resources and information.”
Business.com: Entrepreneurs can browse categories like software, startup, transportation, office management, real estate and health care to “quickly find anything for [their] business”.
Academic and Reference
Find reliable and authoritative reference sites here.
Librarian’s Internet Index: This site brings together “websites you can trust,” on subjects like media, law, communications, consumer research, health and more.
Scirus: This scientific search engine claims to be “the most comprehensive scientific research tool on the web” and indexes over 450 million science-related resources.
Google Scholar: Search journal articles, abstracts, academic papers and bibliographies, and other scholarly publications here.
Intute: Social Sciences: This division of the online search tool Intute connects you to quality information about government policy, geography, law, economics, anthropology, business management, social welfare, psychology, politics, women’s studies and more.
CiteSteer: Great “scientific literature digital library.” For computer science and IT needs.
Social Media and People
User-generated content and user-driven sites like these often result in more relevant search results for you.
wink: wink is “where people find people.” Search by location, name, interests, school or any other category to help you reach old friends and family members.
These search engines offer more than just ordinary searches. Enjoy using features like shared searches, saved memory and specific search options.
Trexy: Trexy can help you “blaze search trails” by saving your search memory, share your searches with the Trexy community, and add a TrailBar button to your toolbar for fast searches.
TV, Video and Radio
Look up video clips for presentations or discover new radio sites and web streams through these search tools.
veoh: Find millions of online videos by searching this site.
blinx: blinx digs into the Web to find “over 26 million hours of video” and bring up relevant results.
Radio-Locator: Search for over 10,000 different radio stations and 2,500 web streams from radio stations all over the world.
Snipp.TV: Find video and audio content from this easy-to-use beta search engine.
Medical and Health Search
Research authoritative journals and publications.
PubMed: This search tool is sponsored by the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.
OmniMedicalSearch.com: This site has been named a Top 5 Medical Search Engine by About.com and is lauded by The Washington Post. Search the Web, images or forums to get connected to quality health and medical information.
American Hospital Directory: Find a nearby hospital fast by typing in your telephone area code, zip code, city or state.
MedicineNet: This organized search engine displays your results according to different categories, like News, Symptoms, Procedures and Tests, and Medications, so you can quickly find the most relevant results.
Gain access to court rulings, history and political sciences resources, and other law material here.
eLaw: Find cases, attorneys, motions… on this super search site.
FindLaw: Find attorneys and answers to your law questions by searching here.
Meta-Index for U.S. Legal Research: Search judicial opinions, federal regulation, legislation and more on this site.
Metasearch and Megasearch Engines
The following search engines work extra hard to bring you information from other search engines at the same time, including Google, Yahoo!, MSN, and others.
Dogpile: Find information from “all the best search engines” here.
Excite: This metasearch engine also shows you the latest sports scores, stock ticker, featured games and videos, and more.
HotBot: This search engine can pull information and material from Yahoo!, IyGO.com, and MSN.
Photos, Images and Visual Search Engines
Make your search a more visual experience by checking out these tools.
Grokker: Grokker searches Wikipedia, Yahoo! and Amazon Books, and then displays your results in an outline view or a map view.
Picsearch: Use Picsearch when you need to add images to a project or presentation.
Stay current on business, technology, cultural and political news.
News Lookup: Find news stories from all over the world, or just search a particular country or news topic.
AlltheWeb: Use the News search tool on this site to find relevant stories from newspapers, TV stations and other news sites. 90.Yahoo! News: Search sports, entertainment, business, technology, world and U.S. news here.
Jobs and Real Estate
Turn to these search engines to help you with your search for an apartment, domestically or internationally. You may even find time shares, home swaps and interns for your business.
Hotpads.com: Find homes and apartment listings for sale or for rent around the country with this tool.
trulia: This smart search engine finds homes for sale by zip code or city and state. You can also find movers, moving tips and more on this comparative shopping site.
Internship Programs: Look or post for interns after you log on.
There’s a wealth of information out there in the etherworld. The megasearch engines, like Google or Yahoo are fine but they operate strictly on algorithms and ad revenue so the response you will receive to a search query may not be the best answer for your situation. Poke around a bit.
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