Specialized search engines
AmeriStat - Research that needs statistics about the US population will find this to be gold mine.
Artcyclopedia - An index of hundreds of museum sites and image archives. Visitors can search for where the works of over 5,500 different artists can be viewed.
Ask Magpie - Directory that lists magazines from all over the world.
BookSearchEngine - Search
for web sites related to books and authors
FlightSearch - Directory covering various topics relating to aviation.
Redline-Search.com - Directory of automotive web sites.
SportSearch - Directory of sports web sites.
When.com - An events directory and personal calendar web site.
Meta Search Tools
Up to the Minute News Tools
CNN Student News - news for students and resources for teachers.
Google News Site - robotically collected links to current news
Moreover - brings together a massive index to news stories posted elsewhere.
TotalNews - features channels of news allowing you to search by keyword or topic.
NewsTrawler - good international new search tool.
Yahoo News - gathers most breaking news into a single page for users
Which search engine is your favorite?
Use these search tasks to help determine your favorite search engine. (Your favorite search engine is the one you understand and can use best to find the results you want.) Compare the assigned search engine to your favorite)
Read the advanced help documentation of several search engines. Determine your favorite search engine by comparing the results of several search engines. (rating (low1-10high)
Spend the same time with each search engine (above) to experiment with its advanced search features. (rating (low1-10high)
How would you rate the online help for each of the search tools?(rating (low1-10high)
The next few exercises will help you to determine which is 'your favorite search engine'.
Evaluate the following search engines to find out which one is the best to answer your question:
1. Who discovered Jupiter's moons?
(You are not allowed to use the term Galileo in your search!)
2. You have to do a historical article about the face on Mars.
Find 5 different website domains of nasa.gov where the face on Mars is discussed. All these articles by NASA must have been written in 1995.
Also find 5 different website domains of nasa.gov where the face on Mars is discussed. All these articles by NASA must have been written in 2002.
Your students want to do WebQuests about the face on Mars. Determine with which search engine you can find the most WebQuests about the face on Mars. Spend the same amount of time searching using each engine.
To save time, only investigate the first 20 results in each search engine. Click each search result to find out if it is really a WebQuest or if these 20 results all point to the same 3-5 WebQuests about the face on Mars.
3. Compare the advanced features of the following search engines to determine which search engine is the best to do the following:
Find more about information about Galileo's discovery of Jupiter's moons. None of your first 20 search results should contain anything about the Galileo spacecraft or the Galileo probe to Jupiter.
End ranking - your evalution of the test search engine and your favorite?