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Alternative & Customized Search Engines. Mary Ellen Bates Bates Information Services mbates@BatesInfo.com. What we'll cover:. Beyond the Big 3.5 Specialized search tools DIY search engines. Beyond the Big 3.5. Exalead. Great advanced search tools Excellent tool for complex searching

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alternative customized search engines

Alternative & Customized Search Engines

Mary Ellen Bates

Bates Information Services

mbates@BatesInfo.com

what we ll cover
What we'll cover:
  • Beyond the Big 3.5
  • Specialized search tools
  • DIY search engines
exalead
Exalead
  • Great advanced search tools
  • Excellent tool for complex searching
  • Customizable front page; add "short-cuts" to other finding tools
  • www.exalead.com
quintura
Quintura
  • Data viz with clustering
  • Useful for disambiguation, determining topics within a concept
  • Uses Yahoo search engine
  • www.quintura.com
kosmix
Kosmix
  • Clusters by type and topic!
  • Includes "overview" page – great summary
  • Still very beta
  • www.kosmix.com
clusty
Clusty
  • Meta-search engine
    • "Details" tab shows what was searched
  • Builds clusters on the fly
  • Few advanced features
  • Can insert topic clouds on your site
    • cloud.clusty.com
  • clusty.com
crossengine
CrossEngine
  • Easy comparison of search results
  • NOT a meta-search engine
  • Well-organized finding tool
  • Useful if you don't know where to start
  • www.crossengine.com
srchr
SRCHR
  • Similar to CrossEngine, but creates RSS feeds for search results
  • Mouseover for thumbnails
  • Can create your own page of search tools!
  • www.srchr.com
scandoo
Scandoo
  • Searches Google, Yahoo, MSN or Ask
  • Checks for malware, phishing, offensive content, in real time
  • Powered by corporate web security company
  • www.scandoo.com
what s a custom search engine
What's a custom search engine?
  • You filter the search, limit to certain domains or sites, or tweak the relevance ranking
  • Put the library's imprimatur on search results
  • Out-google Google
    • www.BatesInfo.com/test.html
yahoo search builder
Yahoo Search Builder
  • Can limit search by domain, append key terms or exclude sites or terms
  • Shows tag cloud of search terms
  • Very customizable
    • Include your library's logo
  • builder.search.yahoo.com
google co op
Google Co-op
  • Can limit by domain
  • Can specify domains to be higher ranked
  • Requires at least one keyword. Use a noise word (e.g. and)
  • www.google.com/coop/cse/
swicki
Swicki
  • Collaborative approach to filtering
  • You supply initial key words
  • It learns from click-throughs on SRPs
    • Modifies relevance ranking
  • swicki.eurekster.com
rollyo
Rollyo
  • Max of 25 web sites
  • Can see others' "searchrolls"
    • E.g., KM-related topics at snurl.com/16x8o
  • www.rollyo.com
gigablast cts
Gigablast CTS
  • Fairly rudimentary
  • Specify domains to search
  • www.gigablast.com/cts.html

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Mary Ellen offers two free email bulletins:

“Search Tip of the Month” and

"Info-Entrepreneur Tip of the Month"

If you would like to subscribe to either, just ask (mbates@BatesInfo.com)

Also, check out her blog at LibrarianOfFortune.com

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Mary Ellen BatesBates Information Serviceswww.BatesInfo.commbates@BatesInfo.com303.772.7095