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Search Tools: Choosing the Best Search Engine for your Information Need

Information Need
Search Engines
I need a few good hits fast (e.g., organization's homepage, quality sites for a topic)
Goog-A-Who? http://www.googawho.com/searchawho.php (Google, Bing and others)
Google Australia http://www.google.com.au/
Google Advanced http://www.google.com/advanced_search?hl=en
Bing http://www.bing.com/ (Microsoft, Beta version)
Ipl2 : Information You Can Trust
I need invisible web or deep web resources (databases not commonly indexed by search engines).
CompletePlanet http://aip.completeplanet.com/ (searches 70,000+ databases and speciality search engines)
http://www.deeperweb.com/ - Google's beta search engine that enables you to search the 'tag cloud' to get better information
I need the results to be grouped or clustered (folders to narrow large search sets).
Yippy http://clusty.com/ (Bing, Ask, Open Directory, Yahoo!, news and blog sites)
Dogpile http://www.dogpile.com/ (includes Google, Yahoo!, Bing, Ask).
ZapMeta http://www.zapmeta.com/search/meta/advanced/adv_web.pl?query= (Yahoo, Bing, Cuil, Gigablast, Altavista, Entireweb)
I need to find a particular newspaper or news from a particular country.
Newspaper Map http://newspapermap.com/ (World map with balloons representing newspapers. Filter by language)
Newspapersindex.com http://www.newspaperindex.com/
Abyz News Links http://www.abyznewslinks.com/ - links to international newspapers, news media, internet services, magazines, and press agencies.
I need to see what is happening in the world right now
10x10 http://www.tenbyten.org/10x10.html - hourly analyses words used in leading news sources and displays them in a linkable picture grid.
I need to search many news sites to find current news about a topic.
Australia New Zealand Newsstand Have your ACT Public Library card number ready. Select a newspaper. Full text newspaper articles from: The Australian, The Canberra Times, The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, etc.
NewsNow http://www.newsnow.co.uk/h/ - searches thousands news sources.
Google News "http://news.google.com.au/ - Searches 4500+ news sources, stored for 30 days. Can limit search to news images.
I need a news and/or magazine archive.
Google News Archive Search http://news.google.com/archivesearch - Newspaper archives and timelines
Australia New Zealand Newsstand Have your ACT Public Library card number ready. Select a newspaper. Full text newspaper articles from: The Australian, The Canberra Times, The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, etc.
Australia/New Zealand Reference Centre Have your ACT Public Library card number ready. Australian and New Zealand magazines, newspapers, newswires and reference books.
Informit Search Have your ACT Public Library card number ready. Magazine and journal articles from Australia and the region on a range of topics.
I need current and/or controversial issues.
Australia New Zealand Points of View Reference Centre Have your ACT Public Library card number ready.
Homework Center: Social Issues http://www.multnomah.lib.or.us/lib/homework/sochc.html - Links to topics. U.S. perspective.
BIOTIN http://library.sau.edu/bestinfo/Hot/hotindex.htm - Links to topics. Catholic perspective.
Public Agenda Online http://www.publicagenda.com/issues/issuehome.cfm - background and analysis of social issues with public opinion studies.
I need simple reference information (basic facts, current statistics, name identification).
Ask.com http://www.ask.com/
Search.com: Reference http://www.search.com/search?channel=19 - choose fact sites, then metasearch.
Encyclopedia, Dictionary, Map and Fact Finder Links http://www.schools.ash.org.au/dckc/Library/enc.html - Dickson College links.
English Links: Quotations http://www.schools.ash.org.au/dckc/Library/eng.html#quotations
Reference Resources http://www.library.unisa.edu.au/resources/subject/onlineref.asp
I need primary sources.
Ready, 'Net, Go http://www.tulane.edu/~lmiller/ArchivesResources.html - metaindex to worldwide archives
Google News Archive Search http://news.google.com/archivesearch
I need a Creative Common image, sound, music, ...
Google Images Advanced In Firefox, click bottom right link - need "labeled for reuse with modification". See more on this search and how to acknowedge sources results.
Creative Commons Australia (http://creativecommons.org.au/)
Creative Commons Search (http://search.creativecommons.org/) - all media - check results (may have copyright)
Flickr (http://www.flickr.com/search/advanced/) - tick box for searching only CC licensed content
Image*After (http://imageafter.com/) - photos
ccmixter.com (http://ccmixter.com/) - all music can be remixed
Dmusic (http://www.dmusic.com/) - music
opsound (http://www.opsound.org/) - music
SoundClick (http://www.soundclick.com/default.cfm) - music
FindSounds (http://www.findsounds.com/) - sound effects and music samples
Freesound (http://www.freesound.org/) - sound effects and background noise
Wikimedia Commons
(More links to images at: Find free images online!
Other sources (images, audio, video) content.
Picture Australia (http://www.pictureaustralia.gov.au/) - some are CC licensed
Pool (http://www.pool.org.au/) - ABC multimedia site, lots of CC licensed material
Engagemedia (http://www.engagemedia.org) - Videos about social justice and environmental issues in Asia Pacific region, Australian made, all CC
Nachofoto (http://nachofoto.com/) - news images as they appear on the web
Google Images (http://images.google.com/) - "Find similar images" tab and choices in left column such as "line drawing", "photo" and "color" are useful.
Search Cube (http://search-cube.com/) - videos, images and web sites, results on a cube which can be rotated, need Flash Player 9+.
I need to search social bookmarking sites
FuzzFind (http://www.fuzzfind.com/v2/index.html) - looks at major search engines too.
I need free ebooks.
Digital Book Index (http://www.digitalbookindex.org/search001a.htm) - Internet Archive, Project Gutenberg, Google
Google Books : Advanced Search click "full view", look for free ones or can get parts (http://books.google.com/advanced_book_search)
Internet Archive (http://www.archive.org/)
The Online Books Page (http://digital.library.upenn.edu/books/)
eBooks@Adelaide (http://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/themes/lit.html)
Project Gutenberg (http://www.gutenberg.org/catalog/)
Classic Bookshelf (http://www.classicbookshelf.com/library/)
391 Places for Free Books Online (http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/50-places-free-books-online.htm)
Searching Tips and Tricks
Web Search Strategies in Plain English (http://www.commoncraft.com/video/web-search-strategies)

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