Why Deep Search Engines Are Necessary
There is way more to the Web than what you can find on Google. Yes, even more than on Bing and Yahoo, too. In fact, you may have already have had trouble finding answers to specific queries using these sites.
Simply put, thatÂs because they are not the all-seeing, all-knowing, Web crawling gurus they would have you believe, and it is estimated that theseÂ big search engines are only looking at 16-20% of the Web.Â For the other 80%, it pays to look a little deeper.
The part of the Web that many search engines canÂt see is called theÂ Invisible or Deep Web.Â These pages are inaccessible due to passwords, being too new, or requiring more information than a search engine can provide. Luckily, with a little know how, you can still search them.
For general searches, you can try search engines that look like what you are used to, but go a little deeper. Try:
- Internet Archive: Gives you access to the WayBack Machine, which is the archival home of billions of old pages, plus access to music, movies, and other media
- Clutsy: Similar to Google, this meta search engine will give you top results from other search engines
- Intute: Maintained by universities in the UK, this resource is monitored by subject specialists for accurate information
Â If you have aÂ specific topic,Â you can search databases in that area for targeted results.Â Art, science, government resources and even flight informationÂ have their own databases that bring results the big guns of search canÂt.
- For health and medicine information, tryÂ PubMedÂ which houses all citations from the US Library of Medicine.
- TheÂ Library of CongressÂ keeps millions of fully searchable, full text items available on its digital collections site; most libraries and museums will have similar search features that open up their collections to you directly.
- If youÂre worried about missing a flight, tryÂ FlightAwareÂ to see real time tracking, statistics, and averages.
This is by no means an exhaustive list of deep search engines, but you can find much more byÂ looking beyond Google. If you need more information and not just a hard and fast search, trying these databases can be a miracle. And you didnÂt even have to Ask Jeeves.
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