Search Engines & Web Tools


  • AboutDirectory organized by subjects.

  • Academic InfoDirectory best used for college and research level Internet resources. To search use “AND” between terms (default is “or”. Click on likely category, and use CTRL+F to locate your terms.

  • EduHoundDirectory. Great for educators (includes lesson plans and teaching materials) and information about education.

  • Google Books“With Google Book Search, you can quickly search the full text of books, from the first word on the first page to the last word in the final chapter. Find the perfect books for your purposes or discover ones you never even knew existed.”

  • Google Directory – Google Directory offers the web in category (directory) format.

  • Google ScholarGoogle Scholar enables you to search specifically for scholarly literature, including peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports from all broad areas of research. Use Google Scholar to find articles from a wide variety of academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories and universities, as well as scholarly articles available across the web.

  • Google Squared – brings information from different sites on the internet into an easy to read online spreadsheet.

  • Google Timeline – organizes your search results chronologically in timeline format.

  • High School Hub Directory. Features reference tools as well as current events, homework help, SAT help, ISTEP practice tests, and many other features!

  • InfomineDirectory. 115,330+ well annotated and cataloged sites for academic research.
    Uses full Boolean (AND, OR, NOT) searches.

  • Internet Public LibraryDirectory. Includes highly recommended sites.

  • Kids ClickDirectory. Features carefully selected material as well as great search tutorials.
  • Librarian’s Index to the InternetDirectory. 14,000 carefully selected and extensively annotated sites of use in academic research and for many general inquiries. Rates “Best of” in each category. Use broad search terms and Boolean language (AND, OR, NOT).
  • MeLDirectory. Michigan eLibrary.

  • RefDesk – A directory containing only reliable Internet sources. Their vision statement is “Since 1995, Refdesk is a free and family-friendly web site that indexes and reviews quality, credible, and current web-based resources.”

  • Twingine – searches two databases at the same time.

  • YahooDirectory best for very basic searches of subject, people, and companies.


  • AllTheWeb – Big and fast Basic Search Engine. For Boolean, enclose terms in  ( ). Use ” ” for phrases. Features picture and video searches. Best for distinctive words or a phrase enclosed in ” “. Good place to start when you don’t have a clue of where to start.

  • Amazing Picture Machine – North Central Regional Technology in Education Consortium’s index to graphical resources on the Internet. Searchable for virtually any type of image from items to photos.

  • BingBasic Search Engine.

  • Boolify – “Boolify makes it easier to for students to understand their web search by illustrating the logic of their search, and by showing them how each change to their search instantly changes their results.”

  • Duck Duck Go – claims to offer more instant answers and less spam and clutter.

  • Exalead – The Exalead search engine currently offers two types of search:

    • Web search: search the entire Web for information in different formats (web sites, Word documents, .pdf files, etc.)
    • Image search: search for photographs, illustrations and icons from all over the Web.

    Exalead also features promotional links, paid for by advertisers, furnished by our partner, Yahoo! Search Marketing. These links offer you a broad selection of reliable commercial sites where you can find and purchase all kinds of products and services.

  • ExciteBasic Search Engine used to search keywords or text strings, or alternatively, it can be used to quickly browse through the various categories of reviewed sites.

  • Google – Popular Basic Search Engine. Uses full Boolean (AND, OR, NOT). Use ” ” for phrases. Best for distinctive words or a phrase enclosed in ” “.

  • Infotopia –  Academic Search EngineInfotopia is an academic search engine accessing only trusted websites previously selected by librarians, teachers and library and educational consortia. Infotopia is recommended for students, teachers, and, especially, homeschoolers. “

  • Internet Sleuth – Meta-Search Engine. Most comprehensive of the direct search services, indexing over 3,000 searchable databases (many of them not indexed by the big search engines) covering a wide variety of topics. Good documentation on how to use it. Great for one-word searches.

  • MagSearch – Searches full text articles from magazines. A great source for research papers.

  • Mamma – a Meta-Search Engine which searches several search engines and directories.

  • SavvySearchMeta-Search Engine which sends queries to multiple search engines on the Internet and collates the results. Offers the user the choice of sonducting searches in over 15 languages.

  • Search Cube – a visual search engine that displays results in a cube.

  • SurfWaxAdvanced Search Engine. Meta-Search Engine with powerful features for mining results. Keep searches simple.

  • Sweet Search – features web sites that have been evaluated by research experts specifically for students.

  • TeomaBasic Search Engine which ranks results by Subject Specific Popularity. Use ” ” for phrases. Use + to include additional topics. Best for distinctive words or a phrase enclosed in ” “.

  • Check this out — you can search from two different search engines at once on Twingine. At this time you can see results side-by-side for for Bing, Google, or Yahoo.

  • WolframAlpha – specializes in “dynamic computations based on a vast collection of built-in data, algorithms, and methods”. Great for math, science, music and art.

Translate »