It’s the default and it’s always there. Right?
Yet, did you know that there are plenty of other search engines out there? I have to admit that I didn’t.
Recently I have been introduced to specialist Google search engines like Google Scholar and Google Books which, if you are a writer and are researching a topic, can be more relevant than a normal Google search.
Here are some others:
Bing Images – image search across the web including copywrite and use details
Europeana Collections – access to cultural artworks, artefacts and books situated in museums throughout Europe
Worldcat – worldwide library catalogue – access to more than 10,000 libraries
Refseek – a way to prioritise only academic sources
DuckDuckGo – general search engine that does not follow your searches (unlike Google so I have learned)
For research purposes I have found all of these search engines eye opening and with DuckDuckGo, I particularly like the layout and the way that the sources are easily signposted.
Try them out, you might be surprised at the results.
Any other search engines anyone can suggest?