Specialist Search Engines
This page provides links to multiple, specialist search engines.
There are search engines designed for children. These are designed to access child safe material from the web and exclude explicit, adult and other undesirable material. A number of links access collections of search engines suitable for children.
The Deep Web, sometimes also known as the Invisible, Hidden or Dark Web and even Deepnet, is an immense collection of material not normally searched by ordinary search engines and not covered fully, even by search engines that do search it. Primarily it is an area designed to assist researchers.
Finally, there is an ever expanding collection of specialist search engines in topics from Animals to World, with an added section of miscellaneous, specialist search engines.
Children’s Search Engines
- ALA Great Web Sites for Kids
‘A directory of sites selected by members of the American Library Association using rigorous evaluation guidelines’.
- Awesome Library
‘30 000 carefully reviewed resources, including the top 5% in education’.
‘Smarter, safer way to search the Internet’.
- Ivy’s Search Engine Resources for
‘Search forms for major Internet search engines for kids, links to web guides for kids, some specialised search engine forms and specialised search engine links of interest to kids. At the bottom there are links to family friendly or general WWW filtered search engines, links to more pages like this’.
‘Visual search engine for kids. Sites appearing in Kiddle search results satisfy family friendly requirements, as we filter sites with explicit or deceptive content’.
‘Kid Safe Search Engine’.
- Kids Search
‘We at Kids Search™ believe that our children should be able to surf the internet safely. This is why we created Kids Search. All searches made through Kids Search will first check against our Database to screen out any potential search that could result in adult websites’.
Database of suitable sites, information.
- Know Play
Links to atlases, dictionaries, encyclopaedias, world information, art information, acronyms, other language help.
- Kids & Teens
Open Directory Project. ‘Kids and Teens is targeted for audiences 18 and under. This directory is For kids, Not About kids’.
Deep Web Searching
Most useful for in-depth information or answers, particularly academic. Also seeks reference materials.
- 10 Search Engines to
Explore the Invisible Web
‘Let’s get to know a few resources which will be our deep diving vessel for the Invisible Web. Some of these are invisible web search engines with specifically indexed information’.
- 99 Resources to Research &
Mine the Invisible Web
‘The following resources were designed to help you find specialised search engines, directories and more places to find the complex and obscure’.
- Deep Web Research Resources and Sites
‘Subject Tracer™ Information Blog developed and created by the Virtual Private Library™. Designed to bring together the latest resources and sources on an ongoing basis from the Internet for deep web research’.
Highly Regarded !
‘We are DeepDyve, the research engine for the Deep Web’.
- DeeperWeb Search
‘The Essential Search Engine Addon and Plugin’. Powered by Google.
- Deep Web Search - A How-To Site
Extensive listing of annotated links grouped under topic headings.
- Gateway of Library Catalogues
Via the US Library of Congress.
- Google Scholar
‘Specifically for scholarly literature, including peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports from all broad areas of research, articles from a wide variety of academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories and universities, scholarly articles available across the web’. Also access Google Scholar Help.
- How to Search the
OnlineUniversities.com. A wide ranging presentation that provides information, links in specific areas and much more.
- Invisible Web
- Northern Light
Using the Invisible/Deep Web
Articles and guides to help use this valuable resource.
- How to Search the Deep Web : 11 Steps [with
Use this wikihow to gain a basic understanding of how to do this.
- The Hidden Internet - Exploring The Deep
‘I will show you what that term means, and how to get there, and I give a bit of a description of what you might find’. 30 minute video.
- The Invisible Web
What It Is, How You Can Find It. Article, embedded and other links. From Lifewire.
- The Ultimate Guide to the Invisible Web
Online Education Database. Information with links to clarification, further information. Search tools, references, resources.
- What is the Deep Web
‘In this podcast from WhatIs.com, learn what the deep Web is, kind of content exists there - and how you can start moving beyond Google to get much more from your research online’.
Specialist Search Engines
- Marine Species Search Engine [MarineBio.org]
‘The Animal Search Engine. For Birds, Cats, Dogs, Horses … ’.
- Artcyclopedia : The Fine Art Search Engine
Art and Artists.
- Craft Search Australia
- Craft Search International
- The Art Museum Image Consortium
Blogs, Forums, Message Boards
- AOL News
Now run by The Huffington Post.
- Blog Search Engine
Web forums, message boards.
The Official Catalogue of LISTSERV Lists.
Designed to use keywords to search blogs and bookmarking sites.
‘The world’s largest online marketplace for books. Lists over 100 million new, used, rare, out of print books from more than 13 500 booksellers’.
‘Book Search and Price Comparison’.
Book search wizard.
‘Compare prices on over 125 million books for sale’. New to out of print, international to textbooks.
- Google Book Search
‘Search the full text of books to find ones that interest you. Where to buy or borrow them’.
‘Best business Web sites around the world’.
The Business Search Engine®.
‘A knowledge web-portal that connects international business professionals worldwide to a wealth of information, insights, and learning resources on global business activities’.
The B2B Search Engine
‘Kompass data includes key company information that can be used to help enhance your sales & marketing activities’.
‘Find manufacturers, distributors and service providers -- from Actuators to Zirconium and everything in between’.
‘Premier business information search engine, with profiles on more than 35 million people and 3.8 million companies. Quick and easy access to in-depth information on industries, companies, people, products, services, jobs’.
Computing & IT
Publications Research Index.
- CMC Info
Computer-Mediated Communication Information Sources.
Corporate IT, software, computers & communications.
- Google Code
‘Search public source code’.
- Internet Scout Project
‘Supporting your organisation’s information strategy’. Previously known as Freepint.
- Open Hub Code Search
‘The world’s largest, most comprehensive free code search engine’.
Search Engine News, Information.
‘Searchcode is a free source code search engine. Code snippets and open source [free software] repositories are indexed and searchable’.
Australian search engine for computer products. Comparison prices, etc..
Definitions, fast references & categories.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics
- British Library
Journals, articles & conference material. Fee-based.
‘Exploring and Collecting History Online’.
‘Share the best in development policy, practice, research. Browse more than 24 000 summarised documents from over 4 500 development organisations - all available free to download. Share your work with over 80 000 development practitioners’.
- Gale - Primary Sources
- HighBeam Research - Search Engines
Search 3 000+ sources.
Legal, business, news. Fee-based.
Medical & scientific. Fee-based.
‘Databases, EBooks and Technology for Research. Committed to empowering researchers and librarians around the world’.
- ScienceDirect Info
- ScienceDirect Journals
- STN International
Science & technology. Fee-based.
‘The ultimate Wikipedia articles search engine’.
See the Education Search Engines Page for this area.
- British Museum -
‘The British Museum collection database is a work in progress. New records, updates and images are added every week’. Moire than 2 million images.
- Google Images
- LIFE Photo Archive
‘Search millions of photographs from the LIFE photo archive, stretching from the 1750s to today’.
‘Search the web for images. An image search service with more than 3 000 000,000 pictures’.
- TinEye Reverse Image Search
Search for other images using images.
‘The first internet search engine for finding free-to-use photographs and images’.
Journals, Documents & Magazines
Subject or alphabetical listing.
Magazine Article Search Engine, Directory, Data Feeds.
- Virtual Technical Reports Centre
ePrints, Preprints, Technical Reports.
- FindLaw LawCrawler
- Public Legal
- The Guide to Law Online
International, other national, US law.
- World Legal Information Institute
400+ databases from 50+ countries.
‘We have a large, legal, every day growing universe of lyrics where stars of all genres and ages shine’.
‘The world’s largest and most advanced video search engine’.
- Fagan Finder
Music, images, movies, programs.
‘Links to over 10 000 radio station web pages and over 2 500 audio streams from radio stations in the U.S. and around the world’.
- The Internet Movie Database
‘Film & Television Website Archive. Hundreds of entertainment industry weblinks’.
- YouTube - Broadcast Yourself
Cross-database search page.
‘Provides advanced searching facilities across the ever growing MEDLINE® collection, the world’s most comprehensive source of life sciences and biomedical bibliographic information’.
‘An intelligent search engine to retrieve biomedical correlations from MEDLINE’.
- 1st Headlines
- Excite News Tracker
- LexisNexis Newsdesk
- News Index
Search using many filters - Trending, Regional, specific topics, community, politics, people, services.
- News Now
‘All the News, on the Net, all the Time’. Subscription required.
- World News
Search - general, geographic areas, topics, special reports.
‘Download over 80 million free scientific publications’.
Simpler process, clearer listing than above [title usually provided, not just url], some come as summaries, others as full documents.
- PDF Search Engine
‘Search through 512 727 964 Free PDF Books and Files’. Also search fro CHM, Word, RTF and Text files.
Politics & Government
- Australian Government Information
- Political Information
‘A search engine for politics & policy’.
International relations & security. Check their Databases page for a wide range of information.
- SearchSystems.net [Free Public Records
The Largest Public Records Directory. Not only the US in detail, but also international countries including Australia. More than 40 000 searchable public record databases. For a specific American [US] search engine use People Search by ZabaSearch.
Social Media Search Engines
- Meltwater IceRocket
‘Search blogs and social networks’.
- Social Searcher
‘Search for public information from networks like Twitter, Google+, Facebook, Youtube, Instagram and more’.
‘Media search engine that searches user-generated content such as news, videos and images on Social Networks’.
Social/Vertical Search Engines
- AgNet - Australian Agriculture Index
Australian Agricultural information & resources.
‘Through AgNIC you can search the world of agriculture or stay up-to-date with the latest agricultural news and events taking place around the world’.
‘Scientific Literature Digital Library and Search Engine’. Search by document, author. Also has citation information.
‘Finding Associated Concepts with Text Analysis’.
Select MathSearch from the options provided.
- Science Accelerator
‘Science Accelerator content remains available via the individual information collections’ listed here.
‘Search thousands of e-prints of scientific papers from any field of study; astronomy, biology mathematics, computer science, physics and more. You can also make specific searches of formulas by accessing an online formula database’.
- SciTech Connect
Full-text scientific and technical reports.
‘Searches 660+ airlines around the world for best flights, connections’.
All aspects of travel from and within Australia.
‘Create your own adventure’.
‘45 000+ Holiday Rentals across Australia’.
- Countries of the World
Facts, maps, history, news, geography.
- USGS Search Engine
‘Reliable scientific information to describe and understand the Earth’.
‘Both an Internet search client and a news feed reader that concentrates on finding, sifting, and browsing information while filtering out noise and junk. Ideal for browsing massive amounts of web pages [e.g., browsing news feeds] or researching esoteric subjects’.
‘One of the most powerful, fastest and easiest patent search engines on the web. Advanced search techniques such as word stemming, proximity searching, relevancy ranking and search term weighting to help you find exactly what you are looking for’.
- Galaxy - Directory
Online phone books.
Because kids don’t come with instructions ! ‘The largest [and most popular] indexed directory and search engine focused on children zero to seven on the net’.
- List of Search Engines
By content/topic, By information type, By model, Based on … , Acquired or defunct search engines, references, links. Wikipedia.
- Mangle Random Link Generator
‘Union catalogue of digital resources. We provide access to these digital resources by harvesting their descriptive metadata’.
- OneLook Dictionary Search
Multiple search options, including access to a reverse dictionary and thesaurus.
‘What does SimilarSiteSearch do ? We help you find similar and alternative websites’.
- PPT Search Engine
‘Search PowerPoint Presentations Online’.