General (Using its own databases)
Large database that produces fast, relevant results. Special features include search services for images, continuously updated news, video, maps, blogs, books, and newsgroups.
Search options include images, news, maps, rss feeds, books, and video. Also offered is an academic search of scholarly journals and conferences with formatting of citations for bibliographic management software. Well worth a look.
Top 1 rank in Alexa website ranking.The directory remains, but now Yahoo is a primary contender among search engines with its own crawled database. Like Google and Live Search, Yahoo offers search options for images, video, and news.
The current incarnation of Ask.com (once known as Ask Jeeves) represents a merger with Teoma, a small but solid search engine that produced excellent retrieval. Ask.com uses Teoma’s “subject-specific popularity” to rank a site based on the number of same-subject pages that reference it, not just general popularity. Helpful clusters are provided with results to narrow and expand a search. Search options include images, news, blogs & feeds, maps, and more.
Small but interesting database. Offers “Gigabits” which are related keywords and phrases suggested as ways to refine a search. Every result has a direct link into the Way Back Machine—labeled as “older copies.”
Cuil (Pronounce ‘cool’) The World’s Biggest Search Engine searches more pages on the Web than anyone else—three times as many as Google and ten times as many as Microsoft.Rather than rely on superficial popularity metrics, Cuil searches for and ranks pages based on their content and relevance.
One of the best meta search engine.Performs metasearches of several top search engines, combines the results, and generates an ordered list based on specialized ranking algorithm.
Offers a clustering feature which groups related items into separate folders for browsing. In addition Clusty facilitates news, blog, image, and Wikipedia searches.
Clustering of results is a helpful feature. Results presented by relevance with the option of viewing by search engine.