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1 Alternative & Customized Search Engines Mary Ellen Bates Bates Information Services

2 2 What we'll cover: Beyond the Big 3.5 Specialized search tools DIY search engines

3 3 Beyond the Big 3.5

4 4 Exalead Great advanced search tools Excellent tool for complex searching Customizable front page; add "short- cuts" to other finding tools

5 5 Quintura Data viz with clustering Useful for disambiguation, determining topics within a concept Uses Yahoo search engine

6 6 Kosmix Clusters by type and topic! Includes "overview" page – great summary Still very beta

7 7 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

8 8 Specialized Search Tools

9 9 CrossEngine Easy comparison of search results NOT a meta-search engine Well-organized finding tool Useful if you don't know where to start

10 10 SRCHR Similar to CrossEngine, but creates RSS feeds for search results Mouseover for thumbnails Can create your own page of search tools!

11 11 Scandoo Searches Google, Yahoo, MSN or Ask Checks for malware, phishing, offensive content, in real time Powered by corporate web security company

12 12 DIY Search Engines

13 13 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

14 14 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

15 15 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 )

16 16 Swicki Collaborative approach to filtering You supply initial key words It learns from click-throughs on SRPs –Modifies relevance ranking swicki.eurekster.com

17 17 Rollyo Max of 25 web sites Can see others' "searchrolls" –E.g., KM-related topics at snurl.com/16x8o

18 18 Gigablast CTS Fairly rudimentary Specify domains to search # # #

19 19 Mary Ellen offers two free bulletins: “Search Tip of the Month” and "Info-Entrepreneur Tip of the Month" If you would like to subscribe to either, just ask ( ) Also, check out her blog at LibrarianOfFortune.com

20 20 Mary Ellen Bates Bates Information Services


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