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Information on search engines for accessing websites out on the internet.
Last Updated: Nov 26, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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The UMD Library recommends these search engines for searching the web.These lists are based on what we think are the best search engines available in terms of ease of use and quality of results returned. For good results, get in the habit of using several search engines because no one search engine covers more than a fraction of the web.

For more information about search engines than you'd ever want to know, we recommend Search Engine Showdown.

The best search engines

These search engines search everything on the web - but not our databases - those are separate. (Sometimes, though, you can get to an article in one of our databases through a search engine because the provider recognizes that you are coming in through a UMD connection, and you get our "institutional access.")

  • Google
    Google is most people's favorite search engine for searching the web, but click on Advanced Search to the right of the search box to get more power in your search.
  • Bing
    Bing is Microsoft's search engine for the world wide web.
  • Yahoo
    Yahoo has a powerful search engine as well.
  • Blekko
    Blekko offers advanced search features and spam-free results.
  • Ask is a search engine that is supposed to let you type in a question in ordinary language. It's worth trying.
  • Yebol
    Yebol is an innovative new search engine.

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