Special thanks to Wendy Boswell, About's Guide to Web Search.
Wendy has created a handy advanced shortcut cheat sheet: Google Advanced Search Shortcuts. Be sure to note the education shortcut: site:.edu. For example, find continuing education pages by searching Google for continuing education:.edu.
3. Yahoo!In addition to being a web portal, Yahoo! is also a good search engine. You can customize your Yahoo! search page by adding categories you commonly search. Click the little wheel next to Yahoo! sites on the left navigation bar. You'll need to sign in. Results generally start with local options.
Check out Wendy's Yahoo! Education page.
Wendy walks you through how to use each of Dogpile's categories: How to Use Dogpile. Go fetch!
Wendy has some nice tips for How to Search with Ask.com.
If you like the oldies but goodies, and like the idea of Lycos, Wendy will help you make the most of your searches: Lycos Search.
7. blinkxIf you're looking for video, blinkx is your engine. It searches not only titles, but content, a huge bonus. You can use blinkx for information or entertainment in categories from cars to the environment, technology to travel, and lots between.
Wendy will teach you how to search, filter, organize, and sign up for RSS feeds: Blinkx, a Video Search Engine.
One of the company's goals is to "collect and curate all objective data; implement every known model, method, and algorithm; and make it possible to compute whatever can be computed about anything."
Read Wendy's 10 Things You Can Do with Wolfram Alpha before you head over to the site. She'll help you get answers to math, astronomy, life sciences, technology, money and finances, music, sports and games, geography, people and history, even cultural events and multimedia. Yowser.
Wendy's blog about TalkMiner: Find lectures on nearly any subject with TalkMiner.
10. MammaWe saved this one for last because if you haven't found what you were looking for, perhaps Mamma, "the Mother of All Search Engines," can find it.
Wendy has lots of info for you about Mamma, plus gives you her opinion on whether she finds its tagline true: Mamma, the Mother of All Metasearch Engines.