Search Engines

Cuil: A New Search Engine Launches

While it may seem odd to note today compared to perhaps 1996 or 1997, a new search engine launched today. Cuil is a search engine focusing more on analyzing text relevance over ranking pages as might Google. Reactions seen on Twitter today were mixed such as those heard from Chad Haefele, Karin Dalziel, and Engadget's soon to be Editor-at-Large Ryan Block. CNET's Rafe Needleman wrote at his WebWare site about the launch and how it was not the best. Needleman's post showed screenshots of strange results returned by Cuil. Dalziel also linked to a screenshot she posted on Flickr. Have you tried Cuil today? What is your reaction to the launch of this new search engine?

100 Unbelievably Useful Reference Sites You’ve Never Heard Of

100 Unbelievably Useful Reference Sites You’ve Never Heard Of: Beyond Google, Wikipedia and other generic reference sites, the Internet boasts a multitude of search engines, dictionaries, reference desks and databases that have organized and archived information for quick and easy searches. In this list, we’ve compiled just 100 of our favorites, for teachers, students, hypochondriacs, procrastinators, bookworms, sports nuts and more.

100 Useful Niche Search Engines You’ve Never Heard Of

iLibrarian continues to point at all sorts of good stuff. This time it's 100 Useful Niche Search Engines You’ve Never Heard Of. Though the general Google site is often touted as the number one search engine online, college students sometimes need more specific tools to help them uncover quality information on the Web that they can use for class projects, research papers, and even job and apartment searches. This list features a huge variety of search engines that can be useful to students, including tools that find photos, sound effects, summer internships, health and medical information, reference guides, and a lot more.

Help Build a Library Q&A Custom Search

Does your library blog answers to reference questions? Help me and James Jacobs of Stanford University build a Google Custom Search Engine of library Q&A sites. Help show off the combined expertise of librarians everywhere! For more details, please see or just add a Library Q&A blog in comments.

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MS Book search winding down

Book search winding down: "Today we informed our partners that we are ending the Live Search Books and Live Search Academic projects and that both sites will be taken down next week. Books and scholarly publications will continue to be integrated into our Search results, but not through separate indexes.
This also means that we are winding down our digitization initiatives, including our library scanning and our in-copyright book programs. We recognize that this decision comes as disappointing news to our partners, the publishing and academic communities, and Live Search users.

Given the evolution of the Web and our strategy, we believe the next generation of search is about the development of an underlying, sustainable business model for the search engine, consumer, and content partner. "

Law Prof as Toolmaker

A Law Librarian Blog <a href=""">interview with PreCYdent's Thomas A. Smith (San Diego)</a> on the development and status of this new legal research search engine. Smith is asking for feedback on PreCYdent.


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