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  • Amfibi - General search engine with an uncluttered interface in a choice of Catalan, English, French, and Spanish. Also has a web directory using the Open Directory.
  • Ask Jeeves - Uses the Teoma database to offer search for web sites, news, weather reports, pictures, stocks, people or products.
  • Creative Commons Search - Powered by Nutch, it searches content which can be re-used (for somes uses) without having to pay or ask permission.
  • Dumbfind - Offers the option to specify a general topic as well as specific keywords for more precise results.
  • Entireweb - The English-language version of a Swedish search engine with a clean interface and large database.
  • FactBites.com - A cross between a search engine and an encyclopedia. The results return complete, informative sentences about the search topic. Related topics are suggested.
  • Gigablast - A search engine with a clean interface, advanced search options including sorting by date, and a real time url submission feature. Includes PDF documents in its index.
  • Infosniff - A simple search engine from Cybersoft Infotek with advertising.
  • Mojeek - Search engine with a simple interface and no advertising.
  • MSN Search - Microsoft provides search of the web, news, images and its own encyclopedia, Encarta. Also offers desktop search via a toolbar.
  • Objects Search - An uncluttered interface offers options to search the web, news and blogs, includes cached pages and 'anchors', which are titles and descriptions from the Open Directory.
  • Pipeline - A clustering engine with a streamlined interface, which presents all results in one column and clusters by topic in another.
  • Scrub The Web - Search engine with sponsored links at the top of results. Also offering a meta tag builder and analyzer.
  • SearchHippo - Indexes the sites listed in the major Internet directories. Offers free web services, including a search toolbar, and code for webmasters to provide search boxes on their sites.
  • Teoma - Ranks sites partly by subject-specific popularity. Clusters results into subject groups, and lists related link collections by experts and enthusiasts where appropriate.
  • Ulysseek - A straightforward search engine with a simple interface.
  • WiseNut - Owned by Looksmart. Search results are clustered into categories. Preferences settings include search by language and a filter to remove adult content.
  • Wotbox - Search engine with country specific searching. Options to display country flags, and include preview and translation features. Sponsored links appear in panels separate from the main results.


  • NPR : The Search Engine Wars - In a five-part series, NPR's Rick Karr takes a look at the business of search engines. (April, 2004)
  • Search Engines and Editorial Integrity - Article from the USC Online Journalism Review examines the issue of major search engines adopting deceptive, misleading advertising practices at the expense of editorial integrity and their users. (April 2, 2002)
  • Commercial Alert Files Complaint Against Search Engines for Deceptive Ads - A complaint filed with the United States Federal Trade Commission by Ralph Nader's Commercial Alert service, which charges the major search engines of inserting advertisements in search engine results without clear disclosure that the ads are ads. (July 16, 2001)
  • The Evolution of Web Searching - David Green's paper from Online Information Review explores the development of search engine technologies. (March, 2000)

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