Looking for a new search engine? There are literally hundreds of really great niche search engines on the Internet that focus on specific topics: images, jobs, blogs, etc. You can find all sorts of great stuff using these alternative search engines that you might not be able to find on the more well-known search engines; plus, many of these niche search engines have really interesting features that are fun to play with.

Sweet Searchis called the best search engine for students. Every web site displayed by SweetSearch has been evaluated and approved by our research experts. SweetSearch excludes the unreliable web sites that clutter other search engines and waste students' time.
Sweet Search Biographies is a great place to search for biographies of people.



Mashpedia aggregates content from multiple web services to provide an integral and real-time outlook of every topic. It allows to discover and consume related digital materials loaded from Wikipedia™, Youtube™, Twitter™, Facebook™, Flickr™, newspapers, magazines, books and further sources in one single place.


Targeted for students, teachers, administrators, and caregivers. Safe search technologies and editor-reviewed content. Search hundreds of thousands of trusted resources from universities, government, and established noncommercial providers. Instantly identify lesson plans, activities, school subjects, grade levels, and more with iView navigation. Register to bookmark any URL for storage in MySEEK, your own searchable Web-based library.


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Blinkx TV is a search engine that helps you find audio, video, and podcasts using not only keywords and phrases, but also content in the actual clips that you're looking for. For example, if you wanted to find Kermit the Frog's "It's Not Easy Being Green", you could type in "having to spend each day the color of the leaves", and Blinkx would be able to fetch what you're looking for using not only your content, but the concept behind your content - the spoken word (or in this case, the lyrics). More about Blinkx

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The Internet Movie Database is the biggest movie database on the Web. Featuring top movies, movie news, movie reviews, movie trailers, movie showtimes, DVD movie reviews,celebrity profiles,etc., the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) truly is a mammoth depository of movie information. More about IMDB


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AuctionMapper is an extremely cool search engine that focuses only on eBay listings. Sure, eBay has it's own site search; but AuctionMapper takes that site search and goes a few steps further. There's all sorts of geeky (yet useful) fun to be had with AuctionMapper; the whole site is full of maps, animated fun things that fly around, and Star Trekky sounds. AuctionMapper is just a really well-done search engine that is not only fun to play with, but also actually useful. More about AuctionMapper

external image, formerly known as, is an absolutely mammoth search engine/portal that gives the searcher direct access to searchable information from the United States government, state governments, and local governments. More about


external image healthline.png is a medical information search engine. Healthline is solely dedicated to finding medical information online, and it offers medically filtered results developed by trained medical personnel. It's really an excellent tool for finding all kinds of medical information. More about Healthline


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BrainBoost is an automated question-answering search engine. Here's how it works: you type in a question, any question, and instead of merely matching your search query in page text and titles like other search engines, BrainBoost actually goes the next logical step and sorts through the search results for you, then extracts the answer to your question. More about BrainBoost

National Geographic's Search Engine

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National Geographic's Map Machine is a gigantic collection of all the National Geographic maps in a searchable online database. There is so much to the Map Machine that it's best to look at it piece by piece. Start with the Map Machine categories to get a big picture view of all that National Geographic map search has to offer. There's a lot here, and it's all searchable: world maps, satellite maps of Mars, Globe Explorer aerial imagery, and much, much more. More about the Map Machine


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Technorati is a real-time search engine dedicated to the blogosphere. It only searches through blogs to find exactly what you're looking for. At the time of this writing, Technorati was tracking over 22 million sites and over a billion links, a mind-boggling amount. More about Technorati


Yippy Search is a whole new way to search the web. YIPPY is foremost the world's first fully-functioning virtual computer. A cloud-based worldwide LAN, YIPPY has turned every computer into a terminal for itself. On the surface, YIPPY is one-stop shopping for the web surfing needs of the average consumer. YIPPY is an all-inclusive media giant; incorporating television, gaming, news, movies, social networking, streaming radio, office applications, shopping, and much more - all on the fastest internet browser available today.

Yippy queries several top search engines, combines the results, and generates an ordered list based on comparative ranking. This "metasearch" approach helps raise the best results to the top and push search engine spam to the bottom. But what really makes Yippy unique is what happens after you search. Instead of delivering millions of search results in one long list, our search engine groups similar results together into “clouds.” Clouds help you see your search results by topic so you can zero in on exactly what you’re looking for or discover unexpected relationships between items. When was the last time you went to the third or fourth page of the search results? Rather than scrolling through page after page, the clouds help you find results you may have missed or that were buried deep in the ranked list.


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Dogpile is a meta search engine, meaning that it gets results from multiple search engines and directories and then presents them combined to the user. Dogpile currently gets its results from Google, Yahoo, MSN Search, Ask , About, MIVA, LookSmart, and more. More about
finding_Dulcinea.gifLibrarian of the Internet which presents only credible, high-quality and trustworthy websites
Flashcard Flash
is a handy little search engine designed for one purpose, helping you find sets of flashcards. Flashcard Flash was built using Google Custom Search.
Google Image SWIRL
is a new way to search by building on new computer vision research to cluster similar images into representative groups in a fun, exploratory interface.
Google Wonder Wheel
helps user narrow their search topics by offering a range of possible keywords to add to the original keyword typed into thesearch. When users click on any of Google’s suggested search terms, a new wheel is formed. With each click, the new search results are displayed on the right hand side of the screen. Users can always go back to their original searches by clicking on the appropriate wheel or spoke.
Quintura Kids
Quintura Kids is a search engine that not only gives you website search results. Quintura also brings you search results through a cloud of related keywords and phrases.
refseek.gifis a web search engine for students and teachers that searches more than one billion documents, including web pages, books, encyclopedias, journals, and newspapers. RefSeek's reference directory lists enable users to quickly locate some of the best academic resources on the web.
There are dozens of 'specialist search' tricks you can perform with Google if you know how to phrase them. Soople simply makes it easy to do a specialist search on Google.


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