Online Search Engines

Online Search Engines


Largest database of webpages

Popular search engine and subject directory

Popular search engine run by Microsoft

META-SEARCH ENGINES (compile and sort results from multiple search engines)

Meta-search engine which brings together top results from Google, Yahoo!, and Bing

Meta-search engine which compiles top results from search engines like Google, Yahoo!, MSN Live, and


Google Scholar
Google's search engine for scholarly sources

Scientific research search engine - includes links to journal articles, as well as to scientists' homepages, courseware, institutional repositories and other related websites
U.S. government's official search engine - includes information from federal, state, local, territorial and tribal websites

SUBJECT DIRECTORIES (Resources for Specific Topics)

Academic Info Online Subject Guides
Large collection of subject guides for academic disciplines and specific research topics - list both online resources and printed reference works

Best Information on the Net (St. Ambrose University Library)
Online sources organized by academic major, popular paper topic, or alphabetical order

Complete Planet
Search engine and web directory, retrieves records through both databases and search engines and locates "deep web" records difficult to find through other search engines

Virtual library of university-level internet resources, created by librarians and researchers

Provides access to a variety of web resources for research

Internet Public Library (IPL2)
Collections of resources from the Internet Public Library (IPL) and the Librarians' Internet Index (LII)

Open Directory Project
Largest human-edited web directory, created and maintained by volunteer editors across the globe

Virtual Reference Shelf (Library of Congress)
Selected high-quality resources for research organized by subjects and categories

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