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May, 2014 Update
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I. Discussion Groups and Forums.
III. Search Engines.
A. Current sites:
B. Older sites.
C. Visual sites.
IV. Address and phone nrs.
V. Audio Resources.
VI. Radio Stations.
XI. Other searching.
Note: as with the other Lists, “DL” stands for Dead Link, also sometimes called a Broken Link. The date next to the “DL” shows roughly when it was discovered that the link was dead. These lists were started in 2006, so, that’s why they’re updated from time to time.
I. Discussion Groups and Forums. (note: in the 21st century, these have largely been replaced by “blog” sites. The use of the terms “blog”, “blogsite”, etc., have become so common that they are now used without the quotes.) May 2014 Update: a few “social media”-type sites have been added, which are similar to blogs, groups, or forums.
http://www.artslant.com/ }Meet other artists, learn about exhibits and museums in the New York area and broaden your tastes on this community site.
http://www.bookcrossing.com/ }Talk about your favorite books and share titles with other bookworms.
http://chowhound.chow.com/ } Talk about and share recipes and
http://www.connectviabooks.com/ }ConnectviaBooks is another
social site for book lovers.
http://www.coyotecommunications.com/outreach/list.html }as an example, this is one person’s list of her hand-picked online discussion groups.
http://dailystrength.org/ Reach out to other patients on this medical site, which also has news and stories about different diseases.
http://www.david-bohm.net/dialogue/ }the intro page for “Bohm Dialog” discussion groups. Mr. Kamel has participated in these so contact us for a review if interested. You may also skip the intro page and go directly to www.david-bohm.org/mailman/listinfo/dialogue }and the simple instructions are there. The automated portions of their listserver and website sometimes malfunction.
http://www.dmoz.org/Reference/Libraries/Library_and_Information_Science/Chats_and_Forums/ }this is the dmoz linklist of chats and forums, basically about libraries. For those that don’t know yet, “dmoz” stands for the Open Directory Project, the largest, most comprehensive human-edited directory of the Web. It is constructed and maintained by a vast, global community of volunteer editors.
http://ezinemark.com/a/deciding-between-usenet-and-discussion-groups/ }the full collection of article and videos from EzineMark about Usenet (newsgroups) and (Web-based) discussion groups.
www.facebook.com }although we normally don’t include “social networking” sites on our Lists, since this one is the largest one in the world, we can’t leave it out. The point here, is that you will find many forums and discussion groups on facebook, but, the facebook search itself is not very good. People often complain about that. Therefore, you will want to use the search tools on this page to find the forum or discussion group that you want there.
http://www.galaxy.com/dir54503/Usenet_Servers.htm }a smaller list of Usenet newsgroups or discussion groups.
http://www.garden.org/home }Learn everything there is to know
about gardening, from picking seeds to planning around the
seasons to pest control right here.
http://groups.google.com/groups/dir?lnk=od& }this is the directory of google groups, which are also somewhat similar to discussion groups. Owing to google’s terrifying size and frightening purchasing power and influence, they have a complete list of Usenet links, some of which undoubtedly go to old-style, bona fide discussion groups. The link for that is http://groups.google.com/groups/dir?sel=gtype%3D0 }the few links that we tested all worked, but some of the groups had 0 subscribers. We still avoid google products on our Lists (JKU), and recommend that you do the same, most especially their search engine.
http://www.highexistence.com/ }forum, blog, and discussion site suitable for students. New. We have tested this site and find it clean and mostly easy to use. Those of you who are non-academic will enjoy this website.
http://www.hugg.com/ }Submit and read about environmental news here.
http://itools.com/information/discussion-search#q=discussion+groups&submit=Read+about&tool=google-blog-search }an intro to the differences between Usenet and Web-based discussion groups. This is recommended if you don’t know the difference between them. The original URL for that article is here: http://business.ezinemark.com/deciding-web-based-discussion-groups-and-the-usenet-7d2f8e6b7ac8.html }on the original website.
http://liswiki.org/wiki/Discussion_groups }this is the wikipedia linklist for online discussion groups. It would be too time-consuming for us to try out each URL/group for you, so, feel free to try them out yourself. They are grouped by various categories.
www.liszt.com }directory of e-mail academic discussion groups. (See also Academic Research List). DL 7/2011. This link now redirects to a commercial site.
http://www.microsoft.com/communities/newsgroups/en-us/ }the front page, intro, and link list for the Microsoft discussion groups. However, in our tests, the search/lookup service was temporarily down.
http://www.newsvine.com/ }This politics social media site offers “an instant reflection of what the world is talking about at the moment.”
http://web.resourceshelf.com/go/resourceblog/ }Welcome to the ResourceShelf ResourceBlog where dedicated librarians and researchers share the results of their directed (and occasionally quirky) web searches for resources and information.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/ }Catch up on “the latest research news” here.
http://usenetreviewz.com/ }this site has Usenet reviews and comparisons.
http://vimeo.com/groups }front page for Vimeo’s video groups. Well, they’re sort-of like discussion groups, aren’t they?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Discussion_group }the wikipedia intro page for discussion groups, for those that need to know.
www.wordpress.com }Wordpress has become probably the most popular free site host on the Web. You’ll find forums and discussion groups there, if you look for them.
http://groups.yahoo.com/ }the front page for Yahoo groups, which are similar to discussion groups.
- Metacrawlers not listed below-
www.albany.net/allinone }120 categorized, customized searching. DL 10/9/10
www.beaucoup.com }1200 categorized search utilities.
www.cyber411.com }16 engines, eliminates duplicates. DL 2011
http://www.freeality.com/meta.htm }may duplicate other sites or crawlers.
www.metacrawler.com }highly customizable. Competitive with the better known ones. Metacrawler is one of the oldest meta-search engines on the web, but still worth it, or adding to a group of search engines, such as in your browser, if you use one.
http://lookahead.surfwax.com/index-2011.html }This engine is useful for finding recent news articles online. That is the kind of results it returns for any search-term.. A better than average set of search engines. Surfwax is older than google, and uses unique search methods. Can mix with educational, US Govt tools, and news sources, or many other categories. Also,
http://lookahead.surfwax.com/ }from this page you can link directly to search-engine watch, the resource shelf, and master news media, which has an explanation of surfwax, and its history, interview with the designer.
http://www.wikiwax.com/ }search Wikipedia using surfwax look-ahead “technology”. In our easy test, it returned no results, and no feedback of any kind.
www.surfy.com }40 engines. This crawler is still up, but it also has links for travel, resorts, and hotels, and appears to be used for just that by some users.
www.savvy.com } assembles results. DL 2011.
http://search.yahoo.com/ }we were almost saddened to see that Yahoo Search is now “powered by” bing. We were researching the Yahoo! Livesearch feature which is similar to Surfwax’s Look-ahead feature, when we found the news. Read their page in Wikipedia here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bing_Webmaster_Center }more details on how Bing incorporated Yahoo search features.
A. Current sites:
http://www.ant.com/ }We found out about Ant doing image searches; it came with a freeware video editor that Julie Éclair told us about. Now, good engines like Ixquick or even google will do site searches, but, we found our result immediately with Ant. Best way to use Ant : go to the site, then click the little molecule symbol on your Ant toolbar. A page with info about the site appears, and you can search the site from there.
http://www.baidu.com/ }this is the main Chinese search engine, and it is somewhat new. However, it uses methods and protocols that are different from the ones that have, sometimes by agreement, and sometimes from usage, become accepted and somewhat standardized by all the world’s other search engines. Google has difficult translating its pages, for example; and translated pages no longer show the images (in the case of images) and so on. It is therefore difficult to use. We haven’t tried other website/page translators with , since their results are usually similar to google’s. (We often use images to test engines since it gives us a consistent test, making comparison of engine results easier. We also use difficult terms for our “hard” search test.) The good news: Baidu usually gives results that no others find, especially with images! Even better than Yandex (see below) for this.
www.bing.com }from Microsoft. Bing is competitive with basically all the other search engines listed here; we haven’t tested it very much, since we don’t find it interesting. It is also basically redundant to all the other engines. Of course, all alternatives to google are good; but this is Microsoft. The concept here is, once again, to not use the giants, that strangle the market, thereby preventing innovation and progress. 2104 Update: Bing videos is user-unfriendly. It is awkward and difficult to find, view, link to videos from the bing results page. We also dislike the way the images are displayed in the results. We recommend that you use a different search engine for videos and images/
http://blekko.com/ }a new site, still in its beta-version. In our tests it was most impressive, and a very satisfying search engine. Got new sites instantly, and so on. Has a new, quicker style on image searches as well. May 2014 Update: We have found that Blekko’s format for images and videos is very inconvenient to use. To serve mobile device users, they have ruined their search engine for videos and images. Their format is very similar to Bing’s
http://browse.lt/ }a new site. This site did well in our video tests. It gives results for you tube, daily motion, vimeo, and metacafe, on 4 tabs of one page. Fast, easy to see and use, a simple search engine. For news, you have Delfi, Alfa, BBC, CNN, and RIA Novsoti, as tabs all on one page. We like it; it’s difficult to find information about it. For now, we Recommend it. Returns results in their native language sometime, not in English; search page has buttons for Lithuanian, English, and Russian. It also did well in our search term test. This is based in Lithuania, and we’ve never heard of it before. We have not been able to learn if it is a meta-search engine or meta-crawler or not; but sometimes the results look a little like google, so we are still researching this new engine. Definitely an HQ search engine.
http://find.copernic.com/ }Copernic (presumably pronounced like Copernicus, without the “us”) metasearch engine. Did poorly in our test for images, but Ok on general websearch. This metasearch engine is overrated on some websites. We find that, e.g., Ixquick, Yippy! (formerly Clusty(formerly Vivisimo)), and Dogpile all did as well as Copernic in out tests… and sometimes better. Their desktop search app (see below), though, is unique and useful. It has some advantages over Cubic Explorer, see also our Online Tools 2013 List (http://sdrv.ms/wkep6I ). Cubic Explorer has some advantages over the Copernic Desktop Search; they’re rather different from each other. But we were disappointed by their metasearch engine. See next.
http://www.copernic.com/en/products/agent/personal.html } Their desktop personal search agent was impressive. It runs from the desktop and queries 10 or more search engines at a time! We recommend it. Yes, we use it ourselves, and we do use the Copernic desktop search (http://www.copernic.com/en/products/desktop-search/ ) as well. Both have lots of the features you’d want and expect. But the desktop search can search your computer, the web, or both at the same time, for the info you’re looking for. The desktop search will index, as you specify, your hard drive, removable media, and so on. The personal search agent only has one major flaw: it can’t display any images, at all, no matter how you tweak it. This includes for image searches, for which it uses nine different image search engines. It would be Highly Recommended by us, except for that serious flaw.
www.dogpile.com }from Infoseek, Dogpile is not the giant that it once was. Dogpile has suffered from the aggressive efforts of Microsoft (via MSN and Bing) and google to make big-bidness and other moves to limit Infoseek’s successes. However, Infospace/Infoseek is still big in the metasearch market, according to recent (2012) search engine review sites. Searched Google, Yahoo, Bing, and Ask.com (as of 6/15/10). Sites that have purchased ranking and inclusion are mixed into the results. Watch for “Sponsored:”.
http://duckduckgo.com/ }this is a fun new search engine, and we think that you’ll enjoy it. You can customize the search in many ways, check out those features. Their appearance, results, etc., are more customizable than other engines. Found difficult terms’ results that some others (on this page) did not. Best for technical searches. To find images with DDG, use the (so-called) “slashtag” /images. We have not yet tested the /videos “slashtag” on DDG.
http://www.exalead.com/search/ }web search URL, allows partial word, wildcards, and “sounds like” searches. See also notes on Exalead below.
http://suche.freenet.de/ }this german search is new to us. We gave it a fairly easy test, and then tested it for images. We often search for the very same type of image with each search engine, so that at least one test is the same for each image search engine. Suche did very well. Recommended.
http://www.gigablast.com/ }powered by clean energy, so-called “green” search engine, and the only one that we know of on the Web. This is a good engine for alternative leads and URLs, but weak when compared to, say, Yippy or Ixquick. Failed the hard search term test.
http://googlewebsitesearch.com/gw-search-tools/ }Google Website Search is Not affiliated with Google Inc. We won’t attempt to do an exhaustive study of Google search engines but we’re trying to come pretty darn close. We will shed light on Google’s arsenal of search engines large or small that are readily available for anyone to use today.
http://www.hakia.com/ }this is a semantic search engine, and it functions well as one. The results supplied are text samples from the located pages, and it separates results into web, blog, video, etc. However, it failed to find a difficult result in our tests, one that Yippy easily found at once. But it did find a similar result, the same one that Blekko did. Failed the hard search term test. May 2014 Update: Hakia appears to be dying, and semantic search engines, are becoming extinct. We are unhappy about this. There is only one other good semantic search engine that still works, and that is I-Seek (reviewed on this list).
http://liszen.com/ } Find library blogs and other library resources with this engine.
http://www.nowrelevant.com/nrbeta/ }another new site, this one is still in its beta version. It claims to search 55,000,000 for recent news about your subject. You adjust a slider for how many days back you want it to search over, up to 14 days. Unfortunately, in our tests, it just said “searching”, and never actually returned any results, at all.
http://www.opensearch.org/Community/OpenSearch_search_engine_directories }this is the list of sites that contain lists of search engines that support Open Search. To understand what Open Search is, if you’re not a search-application professional, you must read their FAQs at http://www.opensearch.org/Documentation/Frequently_asked_questions }they have some interesting links with the Wikis, too. Read about that here: http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/MediaWiki }links for FAQs, etc. here.
http://scour.com/index.html }another one of the newer sites (January 2104). If you find this from another search engine you’ll arrive at the sign-up/sign-in page; this link takes you to the search bar. Polls yahoo, bing/msn, and google, and then weighs the results against their users’ feedback about them. In our hard test, ‘web’ category, it did better than expected. Their results also have a “open in new window” button similar to Yippy’s. In our hard ‘images’ test, the results were very disappointing. Ixquick, Info, and Mamma all returned better results in the same test. Google’s results are inferior for the opposite reason: they return too many results, not just in images, but in all categories. We assume that most users are like us, and don’t have all day to search through a huge pile of google results. February 2014 Update: Scour has received some good ratings and reviews, but we found it to be average, not bad, but not so good either. A good alternative to the other metasearches, maybe, but we prefer the ones that search more than merely bing, google, yahoo. Dogpile searches Yandex now, for example, and can return different results than the other three do. Does well on image searches, and shows some links that the other engines or metasearch engines don’t. Medium size thumbs with frames, caption, URL, but no dimensions, those are very important for image searches. Recommended otherwise. Appears to be made for mobile device users.
http://www.secretsearchenginelabs.com/ }their beta version, we’re still testing it. On our hard test, they missed the mark, but that’s why it’s a hard test. Their “about” page at http://www.secretsearchenginelabs.com/about.php }tells us that “We are a search engine giving you the less popular search results often omitted by mainstream search giants. Our long term goal is to become the best search engine on the Internet for traditional web search.” This site would be recommended, but the results page shows many ads. Several search engines today group sponsored results with the search results, but SSE sometimes shows only sponsored “results”, ads. Failed the hard search term test.
2104 Update: We re-checked this site today. We were one of his first customers, so to speak, and contributed URLs to his directory. This is an experimental search engine, made by a single Finnish computer scientist from Finland. Now, it returns many results, and not just all ads as before, and not dominated by foreign websites in foreign languages, etc. as before. Did well in our easy term test, and we found at least one site both useful and interesting from them. Recommended for an experimental search engine.
http://www.surfok.de/ }this engine is new to us. It is from Germany, and most of it is in German. In out tests, it found sites that the American search engines did not. It is clean and easy to use, Recommended. Several quick link buttons on the main page.
http://www.webfetch.com/ }yes, most of the “new” image search engines are no good. Cydral, for example, is already down, we never even got a chance to test it. But this new one, Webfetch, is different. And even though it is from Infospace, we found that it did better than Dogpile in our tests, and all the other Infospace products are similar to Dogpile. Webfetch has features that none of the Infospace products have, for image searches. Highly Recommended; we consider this the best of the Infospace metasearch engines, for quality of results, readability of pages, ease of use. 2014 Update: this redirects to Zoo Search now, the newest search portal for Infospace http://www.zoo.com/ . More colorful looking, slick design, probably made for mobile device users. Their image search is still good, same as Webfetch; these are small enough, with a frame around each result and the dimension of the image, and the URL. Recommended. The web search results are very slow, but the site may be receiving heavy usage. The image search results were faster in our easy test. Web results were relevant and easy to read and use. Overall, at least as good as their other engines, such as Webfetch and Dogpile. All the Infospace engines together are Highly Recommended as the best alternative to the dominant three search engines today.
http://narod.yandex.ru }the famous Russian search engine. Translating the pages makes them easier to read. Finds URLs that the others don’t, sometimes. This was the only search engine besides Curry Guide to find three results in our hard search term test!
B. Older sites:
http://websearch.about.com/gi/o.htm?zi=1/XJ&zTi=1&sdn=websearch&cdn=compute&tm=132&f=00&su=p284.13.342.ip_p504.6.342.ip_&tt=2&bt=1&bts=0&zu=http%3A//www.findarticles.com/ }this is the about.com search engine. Clean results, shows source, but crowded with sponsored links above and below results. In our easy search test, returned results comparable to Yippy, but fewer of them.
http://botw.org/ }Best of the Web Directory, since 1994. Internet’s oldest directory. Failed the hard search term test, did well in the others.. BOTW is a human edited directory. They will decline your listing if they don’t like the site. A submission is $150 annually or $300 for a permanent listing. Recommended.
http://www.cuil.pt/ }this website was said to have died recently, but we found this viable link for it, for you. See also http://techcrunch.com/2010/09/17/cuil-goes-down-and-we-hear-its-down-for-good/ }for why some thinks it’s gone, and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuil }gives description and background. 2012 Note: Cuil is now “powered” by Google Custom Search, they say. 03nov12 Update: The Cuil site is basically just down now, and doesn’t work at all. Recommended that you use other search engines.
www.curryguide.com }this is the URL for their new website, which is still under development. Their old engine can be found at http://web.curryguide.com/ }based in the UK, curry guide is one of the oldest metasearch engines that still exists, since 1997. Many of their features are similar to those of other metasearch engines. They were one of the first to have a visual-search. One of the very few which has an “mp3 search” feature, it no longer works very well (but the mp3s it does find are real and do download for free) but perhaps the new version’s will. If Exalead is “the French Google”, then Curry Guide is “the English Google”. On the old site, the image search feature is very weak. The new site works much better, including the image search. Curry guide was the only other engine besides Yandex to find three results in the hard search term test.
http://www.entireweb.com/ }although this engine is said to have a big index, and even though it is only 11 years old, we found that it did poorly in our tests compared to these others. Still, it found 1 of 2 results for our hard search term.
www.exalead.com/search }this site is still a good site, but uses Google redirects, and in our most recent test, these all failed; however, right-clicking on the URL itself with ‘open in new tab’ fixed the problem. It has features similar to the other search engines listed here but is still unique. As with the others, click preferences to customize your search. Also allows advance searching, with features that some others don’t have, such as phonetic or “sounds like” searching. Allows for “audio” search selection. Inconsistent results, searching deeply for some items then poorly for others. Also has the “inurl” feature. Recommended. Exalead claims to be “the leading provider for searches and search-based-applications”. Its image search feature is very weak, as was the video search feature in our tests. Exalead has 3 other search engines at http://labs.exalead.com/ }but we found them weak.
http://www.freeality.com/meta.htm }freeality is another site that has been around for years, but is still one of the best search-link sites and reference-link sites on the web. Their site is quick and easy to use, with clearly readable pages, good colors and page layout. They are definitely one of our major competitors. Of course, no website, including google, is as thorough as JKU is, no one has the breadth and depth of coverage that we do. But since it is fast and easy to use, we consider Freeality highly recommended. Their only flaw, is that often, button or other links are broken links, or DLs as we call them (stands for dead links). It is time-consuming and somewhat tedious to keep up with all the link replacements.
http://www.galaxy.com/ }this little search engine gave better results than some of the big ones. As the Web’s original searchable directory, you can search the web or the directory with it. Good appearance, easy to use. Failed the hard search term test.
http://www.incywincy.com/ }one of the newer search engines (2012). A showcase of Net Research Server (NRS) 5.0, a software product that provides a complete search portal solution, developed by LoopIP LLC. Features: specializes in forms search; allows search with (but not –inurl); and advanced search, prefs, safe search on/off, and a Directory. More info at: http://www.incywincy.com/default?page=learnmore }shows their other important features. Unfortunately, it failed completely in our images test, and so can be considered completely useless for image searches. However, it does give some good results, since we have seen it used by our Copernic desktop search, which allows you to group results by engine. 17oct13 Update: DL.
www.info.com }good for image searches, etc. Info is very competitive with Dogpile, and similar to it (in terms of results, not appearances), but is not an Infoseek product. Found two results in the hard search term test.
http://search.infoweb.net/ }in one of our tests, we had to use a URL proxy to use this search engine, but it was probably an old browser’s glitch (or old computer’s) since the site and engine worked fine through the proxy. Another proxy gave us the “404” error. However, there is a link for the infoweb: http://search.iwsearch.net/?mysearch=GoogleMore&cx=partner-pub-4439433893956309%3Aq0ed2xawn7u&cof=FORID%3A9&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=&sa=Search }this is the link that gets you to the infoweb search engine. In our test, the engine still worked and did well. Found two results in the hard search term test.
www.iseek.com }this is better than a search engine, since it provides information about the search results it finds for you, in the left-hand margin. Similar to Yippy! (formerly Clusty (formerly Vivisimo)), but goes beyond just clusters, highlighting, and search within results, 3 things that make Yippy! one of our favorite search engines, and we have see them All. Iseek has some demonstration videos which show how to get more out of the engine: http://www.iseek.com/iseek/info.html?view=about }and they say “At Vantage Labs, we wanted to use our advanced linguistic, conceptual, and AI technologies to make Web search better by making it more relevant, direct, productive, and intelligent. But what we built isn’t just a search engine. By making Web search more intelligent and intuitive, we’ve left “searching” behind and now offer you Targeted Discovery, the new era of information retrieval on the Web.:
www.ixquick.com }Ixquick is the world’s most private search engine. It was once one of the top-rated metasearch-engines in the world, and is also one of the oldest ones that still exists. Allows, e.g., image searches without using cookies, and does not record your IP address, etc.; only Ixquick does this. You can also do proxy searches through them, thus leaving no traces. Their advanced search is very sophisticated, allowing you to utilize the features that each search engine has; more info at http://us2.ixquick.com/eng/what-makes-ixquick-special.html }their description page. We find Ixquick’s site- and search result-pages to pleasant looking and easier to read than most search engines. Their image search is one of the best. This is a much better metasearch-engine than google is. Others are better than google in specific ways or with specific features, but this one is better overall, including readability and ease of use. Found two results in the hard search term test. Returns video results basically only from Blinkx, which has been quite FUBAR in recent years. Recommended.
www.live.com }advanced search allows site/domain specification. }2011 Update: old info: not any more. Now it takes you to your hotmail sign-in page. See also bing.
http://www.lukol.com/ }this is a new site to us, but a stats check of the site showed that it has been around for about 10 years. It seems to be the competition for Ixquick, in that they both offer totally anonymous searching online. They say “Unlike other search engines, Lukol does not track or share personal information: We do NOT record your IP address, browser data, or operating system. We do NOT send tracking cookies to your computer. We do NOT record your search terms. We do NOT share your private data (IP address, cookies, and search terms) with governments. When we obtain enhanced results from Google, we tunnel your search query through our proxy servers, without exposing your IP or cookie data.” Ixquick offers the same services. So, this is like google results through a proxy, same as Ixquick’s Startpage.
www.mamma.com }mamma is one of the oldest metacrawlers on the Web, since the 1990s. It has a pleasant appearance and ease of use similar to Ixquick. It is good with images and produces results similar to Ixquick but fewer of them. One of our favorite for quick results, since it produces short lists but which usually contain what you’re looking for. They’ve also recently improved their “jobs” tab and added a “local” tab. Mamma has one new drawback, though: it mixes sponsored results in with the search results, not grouped separately, and you have to check each URL to see which is which. Found both results in the hard search term test. May 2014 Update:Mamma be fine. Use as substitute for Yippy now.
http://www.mastersite.com/ }this site has lots of ads, and it is not clear what type of searches it is best for. It seems best for consumer commercial uses.
http://www.mastersite.com/search.htm }here’s the master-site list of search engines.
http://www.monstercrawler.com/ }this crawler did better on our hard tests than most of the others. Its image searches were satisfying as well. We recommend it. Though started in 1999, it’s a current site since this is a new version of it. Found both results in the hard search term test.
www.pandia.com }Pandia has for years been one of our favorite search engines. In recent years it relies too much on google, in our opinion, and so has that drawback. However it still has several good features, including its Powersearch All-in-One (in column at left of page). Its Metasearch is also good. We often use image searches to test a good engine or metacrawler, for various technical reasons, as well as to have consistent searches to compare engines and crawlers with. Usually, but not always, if a crawler is good for image searches, then it will be good for most of the others, as well. Similarly, most engines and crawlers that return poor results for images, will also be weak in other areas. Got two search results in the hard search term test; got three results with the duplicates included, but one was just a Russian variation of another page in the two results, not a third site.
http://www.pandia.com/plus/ }DL 7/2011. Alas, the Pandia Web directory has been shut down, but the page is still up and has a search bar for the famous Open Directory there.
http://www.pandia.com/metasearch/index.html }the Pandia metasearch is here. Note that they recently (and unknown to us) gave their top metasearch engine award to Ixquick!. In our tests, this metasearcher found results that several of the best engines and crawlers did not; we consider this a significant result. However, not as many of them were relevant to the search term as we would have liked.
http://www.pandia.com/resources/search-directories.html }showing how directories are different from search engines.
http://www.pandia.com/powersearch/index.html }allows you to choose specific Web search tools.
http://www.search.com/ }”Search.com, owned by CNET Networks, is a truly excellent meta search engine. Search.com retrieves results from Google, Ask Jeeves, LookSmart, AltaVista, MSN Search, and more. Search.com, being part of the CNET network, also gives you instant access to their stable of technology sites, which include CNET.com (obviously), Download.com, and ZDNet.com.”Unfortunately, this one failed completely in our image test.
www.yahoo.com }same, plus Yahoo’s results page will translate a page. Found two results in the hard search term test. 2014 Update: yahoo search is owned by bing now, but the URL still works, apparently still using yahoo’s own directory. We will have to test further to determine this. We want to know, does Bing use their engines and directory and then supply the results to yahoo? Is yahoo now just a portal for bing?
http://dir.yahoo.com/ }this is the page for searching Yahoo’s directory, rather than its search engine. See the brief intro/tutorial at http://www.pandia.com/resources/search-directories.html }see below for more info.
http://ca.yahoo.com/ }the Canadian yahoo site, listed as a good meta-index.
https://ecom.yahoo.com/dir/submit/intro?.scrumb= }the Yahoo Directory page, one of the oldest directories on the web.
www.yippy.com }uses AI technology at Carnegie-Mellon. This was our favorite, everyday search engine and metacrawler here at JKU. Yippy was previously called Clusty, and before that, Vivisimo. Searches Bing, Ask, Open Directory, and Yahoo (as of 6/15/10).They have a patent on their clustering feature, hence the name Clusty. As Vivisimo, they were the top-rated metacrawler in Search Enigne Watch; that was a few years ago. Yippy uses some of the most sophisticated search technology in the world. During our tests, where we gave it very obscure items to find, it as well as any other metacrawler or search engine on the web, and better than most, for most didn’t find the item at all. For ease of use, pleasantness of appearance, and many useful features, this is another search engine that is clearly superior to google, again, just so the reader will know. They’ve recently improved their clustering feature to include sources, sites, and time (how old the URL’s listing is). Yippy has recently changed its frontpage and many of the games and other special features that were there are gone now, alas. However, for now, you can still use the old frontpage here: http://yippy.com/classic.asp }for as long as they maintain it. Yippy also does site searches and gives you for free the HTML to install the search code on your own webpage. Here they have direct links to many useful features. (For chess players, their chess program is built to be easy, and Mr. Kamel won three games in a row in our tests. Probably the easiest chess program on the Web.) Check out also their Radio and TV features. For cartoon buffs, they have old, original cartoons going back almost 100 years. Yippy is the only engine site we know of that serves the WebTV audience, which includes many senior citizens. Yippy found two results in the hard search term test. May 2014 Update: Yippy appears to be dying now, also. It has declined as a search engine or metasearch engine in recent years.
www.grokker.com }new visual engine. DL 2011. We were quite surprised to see Grokker down! It’s not that old, was interesting, and worked well.
www.kartoo.com }original visual search. 2011 Update: Kartoo is apparently no longer a visual search engine, although it was the first of them that we knew of. It has been completely redesigned and is now an easy-to-read, fast metasearch engine. The strange thing about Kartoo is that all the other search results and lists still think that it is a graphical or visual engine – even Kartoo itself! However, it yields no graphical results at all in any of our tests. It did, however, surprise us by finding four results in the hard search term test! The same three that Yandex found, plus an additional one related closely to one of those. No other search engine to date has found four results, three of them relevant and one related to one of them.
http://www.masternewmedia.org/top-visual-search-engines-the-most-interesting-ways-to-visually-explore-search-engine-results/ }one researcher’s ratings of the visual search engines.
http://www.oskope.com/ }this is a different kind of visual search engine. After selecting a source, then topic, subject, or category, this “throws” images up on the screen, and you can change the viewing size of them. It takes a little time for the engine to find the images and show them, so give it a minute to work. Hovering enlarges. Since two of the sources are commercial sales sources, you can view products of any kind before you buy them (if images are available). We’re recommending this to Julie Éclair and she’ll test its usefulness for her image collections. Try out the view settings. Recommended.
http://www.pixlogic.com/products/Web%20Edition.html }although we usually only link to free products and services, we mention this piXserve Web Edition since it is supposed to be the ultimate image tool. We were unable to find a free version of this. Read their info page, and the free pdf download advertisements, and you’ll see what we mean. Apparently, the CIA, for example, uses a version of this for identifying people by their faces: facial recognition. Here is: http://www.forbes.com/2004/05/04/cx_pp_0504visualsearch_ii.html }a very informative article about the software and piXlogic, the company that makes it.
http://www.quintura.com/?request=&tab=0&page=1&tabid= }not really a true visual search engine, it gives a tag-cloud above the results, which are then simply displayed in the usual manner. It did average on our tests for a relatively hard item, but not quite as well as Kartoo. However: the tag-cloud can be used like Yippy’s clusters, to select which search results to display, a very good feature. Sites automatically opened in new window, w/o having to fiddle w/settings. Quintara also found three results, along with Curry Guide and Yandex, in our hard term test. 11nov13 Update: this URL now geos to Quintara Kids, for children.
http://www.search-cube.com/ }produces a 3-d visual cube consisting of images from the webpages that are the search results. The controls are a little “sticky” and some patience is required in the use of it. It is like a toy; the same results (and better and worse) can be obtained from the other engines, but, we include it as a visual search engine. Also found three results in our hard search term test.
http://www.spacetime.com/# }this visual search engine searches google, Wikipedia, and youtube for results. In our tests, it performed well on the “youtube” setting, but poorly on the “google”, “images”, and “Wikipedia” settings, often producing no results at all, or no previews (images) from these at all. We didn’t like it except for youtube previews. This one also found three results in our hard search term test, but couldn’t produce images for any of them, not on “google” setting, and not on “images” setting. That’s a big failure for a visual search engine.
http://www.spezify.com/ }this is the newest visual search result site, and it is fun to use, but can be non-obvious at times. Uses (apparently) Flash to post results on a page in a visual format, consisting of excerpts from the page(s) found. Newest Flash apparently required. One of our favorite visual searches, though not a map, and not graphical in that sense. Failed the hard search term test completely, finding no results at all. Did fairly well in our image test, but returned flash files for results. For images, click on the panel at the bottom of the image to go to the site with image selected; but otherwise you are stuck at that image. When you find a way to go to the searchpage www.spezify.com again, your query is gone, and spezify does not have type-ahead. So, images and videos are flash files. They say: “When searching with Spezify, a visual overview of a word or a subject appears. Pictures, texts, micro blogs, videos and music from a range of websites and search engines are presented side by side. Today Yahoo, Amazon, eBay, MSN Live Search and Twitter are found among the content providers. We eventually found a way to back up to the results page without losing them, but, we rate this site difficult and tricky to use.
www.touchgraph.com }allows searches by URLs. This seems to be basically a pay-site or –app, but you can use it free here: http://www.touchgraph.com/seo }just find the input bar, and then click “Graph it!” button. This is probably the best visual search engine for actual research, that you can use for free. (JKU never advertises nor endorses commercial products. We are Free.) Usage: click on a cluster and the URLs, quotes, excerpts, etc., all the data appears on the left-hand part of the screen. If you click “get related”, it shows a new cluster based on the selected item. Found only two results in our hard search term test.
http://www.viewzi.com/ }DL 2011. Another one down!
- Addr. and Ph. nrs.
www.411.com }one of the best free searches. Returns many results, and quickly, including in what turned out to be a “hard test” for almost all the people search engines. Recommended. 26jan14 Update: http://www.411.com/reverse_phone }site may be broken. In an easy reverse-lookup test, result page was blank and there was no work-around possible. In an earlier similar test, found data on the number with no problems. Showed on map, gave address, type of phone or phone line, and carrier. 25mar14 Update: site is working fine.
www.anywho.com }U.S. White and Yellow pages from AT&T.
http://www.anywho.com/reverse-lookup }their reverse-lookup page. Found no results in an easy test, and links to “yp” yellow pages with results. In another test, found the correct result immediately.
http://www.city-data.com/ }If you ever need to research any city, zip code, or neighborhood for any reason, from considering a move there to just checking where somebody you know is staying, this is the site for you.
http://www.freeality.com/finde.htm }reverse white-, yellow-pages, e-mail, etc. This page uses several of the same search services listed here. Most of them are pay-sites, and give you little or nothing for free. Freeality is still Recommended, but too many of the services are not free.
www.ixquick.com }regular and reverse phone number look-up. This one found an ordinary address and phone number in the U.S. that neither the freeality.com nor the superpages.com could find!
http://www.peekyou.com/ }this is another good free people search, did well in our tests. Recommended. Second-best after Pipl, and as good as Zabasearch, below. Main flaw with most of these sites, is that (after finding the person you’ve named, etc.) they give very little information, and are trying, sometimes too hard, to redirect you in to the big pay-for “background check” websites, “premium” people finders, and so on. There are only about 4 of those, and most of the former people-search engines redirect to them. They are big-bidness and make a lot of money charging people for data that is free, and that’s why we won’t list them here. This one links to peoplesmart, which charges for the street address.
http://www.peoplesmart.com/psp.aspx?_act=go&search=name }this service also returns a long, simple, easy to read list of results given just first, last, and state; but unfortunately is a pay site and so we don’t recommend it.
http://pipl.com/ }claims to be the best people finder on the Web. In our test, it was fast, found 2 out of 4 known-to-exist-online people (50% success rate), and displayed results that were organized, labeled, and easy to read. 2013 Update: Sometimes this URL has not responded. Then use instead: https://pipl.com/help/deep-web/ }however Pipl may be down; even this page timed out before returning results. We would be unhappy if Pipl was down for good, since it was the very best of the free people search services, that also search social media sites. Sorry, but the site times-out.
http://publicrecords.searchsystems.net/ }public records directory and search.
http://www.reversephonedirectory.com/reverse-phone-lookup/ }works, but is a pay-service. Found 1 record in an easy test. In another test, found a free result immediately.
http://snitch.name/ }in our tests, this service did well. It returns results from several of the most popular people-search services, and displays their results all on one page. You can use the provider’s webpage right on the snitch page. However, we are unable to recommend it, since the providers are all pay-for services, and won’t give you the info without paying by credit card first. Uses 123people.com, which charges for the address.
www.superpages.com }directories, links to maps, zip code search, etc.
www.usps.gov }searches by name, addr, zip.
http://www.yoname.com/ }this free people search service, shows a large photo of the person found in the search results. Shows other first names with entered last name, when no results for entered first name last name. Failed in one of our hard tests, but still recommended.
http://www.zabasearch.com/ }free public information search. 2013 Update: this link gets redirected, and the search service won’t show you the info until you’ve paid by credit card first. 12apr13 Update: now http://www.zabasearch.com/ }says, “At first we thought we could charge for a premium service, but then we decided to just give it away for free. Access Premium Searches here at Zaba by logging in with your Facebook account. It’s simple, and fast.” Well, it is one of the second-best people-search sites, with Pipl being the first best. It did well in our tests, and returned many results for a person whose location we know, including where he used to live, that is, the correct result.
Note: The Web is full of many audio- and music-finding services and apps these days, and we can’t know what kind of files you’ll be looking for. However, we don’t advertise or promote commercial or pay-sites. This narrows what we research and share; and to further narrow it, we share with you some of the sites we ourselves actually use. Many services that say they’re free, aren’t: they try to deceive you. Most music download sites want sign-up, registration, or both; we’ve listed below the ones that don’t.
www.altavista.com/audio }narrow results to given formats: mp3, etc.
http://www.airmp3.me/ }this site finds good music for free, but it finds “videos”, that is music files with a picture or photo, that you can play on the site, and the audio quality is good. But the download files are blocked, missing, etc., and don’t download. To download the “video”, go to the source URL, such as youtube, and then download the video, and then convert it to mp3 (or whatever).
www.beemp3.com }has surprising results sometimes, some useful, some not.
www.digital-librarian.com/audio.html }500 links.
http://www.exalead.com/search/ }Exalead also has a multimedia selector, which allows you to select audio or video results from among the search results. Here’s an example of their audio search:
http://www.exalead.com/search/web/results/?q=siouxsie+multimedia%3AAudio }we searched for “siouxsie” first and then selected “audio”; the results are shown.
www.fast-mp3.com }has broken links, or DLs, just like mp3raid. DL 2014.
www.findsounds.com }search for sound effects.
http://freemusicarchive.org/ }this site is fast and clean. Seems like a good place to get new and contemporary music. They want you to sign-up and log-in, but don’t seem to require it. Lots of indy bands and music.
www.mp3raid.com }watch out for pop-ups and ads. Must download first to verify URLs of files.
archive.museophile.sbu.ac.uk/audio }150 links to audio resources. DL 2011
http://www.musgle.com/ }this is just google, but using a “inurl” modification string similar the ones that we use when searching for music files, primarily mp3s.
audio.search.yahoo.com }50 million audio files. 2011 This site now redirects to http://new.music.yahoo.com/ }and it is not the same as it was before.
http://www.pandia.com/powersearch/index.html }this page has links for multimedia, for images, video, and audio. Scroll down.
http://www.pandora.com/#/ }this service, which calls itself “internet radio” is a music search service, that does too much, more than you want probably, and wants you to register with them besides. (On our Web Tools List are various sites and apps to help you get around those constant, annoying site registrations.) For instance, we wanted just one or two cuts by one artist (band), not an entire radio station of them. At all events, all the cuts and albums were for sale and none were for download.
http://searchenginewatch.com/article/2066693/Multimedia-Search-Engines-Image-Audio-Video-Searching }even though this list is multimedia, we put it here for your use. Some of their links are old and redirect to commercials. Some redirect to other search engines. Some, like http://www.music-finder.net/ , go to pages that look like the search pages that are put in the place of expired or extinct URLs, but actually, some of the links on music finder are still good, and go to lists of music players, online “radio stations”, music collections, and so on. So, this older resource may be still be of use to you. 2014 DL
www.singingfish.com }searches both audio and video (a/v). 2011 This site now redirects to AOL Video.
http://thepiratebay.se/ }this is the pirate bay search engine, where you can search for torrents. There are video torrents as well as audio, but we put this here since typical user searches for audio torrents (music).
http://www.top10tag.com/top-10-online-sound-libraries/ }the top ten libraries of sounds, in their opinion, are listed here. Audio snippets, samples, recordings, bleeps, etc., but we have not tested each library individually.
http://vmp3.eu/mp3-charts.php }here’s another site that actually allows you to download music, rather than the infinite run-arounds that the other sites provide.
VI. Radio Stations.
http://transition.fcc.gov/mb/audio/digital.html }notes about in-band-on-channel (IBOC) digital AM and FM radio.
http://www.fcc.gov/mb/audio/bickel/radio_tools.html }a small window that allow you to ask radio-related questions.
http://transition.fcc.gov/mb/audio/amq.html }the FCC’s AM radio station finder; somewhat technical.
http://transition.fcc.gov/mb/audio/fmq.html }the FCC’s FM radio station finder’ also somewhat technical.
http://www.findradio.us/ }allows you to find radio stations by various criteria, AM and FM.
http://goradiostations.com/ }this finds radio stations by category or area, however, some are DLs and some have changed their contents since the site was made.
http://music.msn.com/radio/ }2011 DL: MSN has discontinued its radio service.
http://www.publicradiofan.com/ }Public Radio Fan.com features schedule listings for thousands of public radio stations and programs around the world. Follow the audio links to hear your favorite programs and discover new ones.
www.radio-locator.com }this is our favorite radio station locator. It allows you to search by area, region, format, and content, and shows signal strength, gives streaming URL, and so on.
http://www.usliveradio.com/ }United States radio stations streaming live on internet.
music.yahoo.com/launchcast }this goes to preset radio stations only, which play only the most contemporary, popular music in a variety of uninteresting categories.
- Podcasts and Webcasts.(See also Online Tools (http://sdrv.ms/wkep6I ) and Academic Research List (http://sdrv.ms/x8nu4J) for more.)
http://188.8.131.52:8084/nutch-0.9/manymediaplatform.html }The WKU distance learning podcasts and videos are offered in poetry, drama, fiction and more.
http://americanpublicmedia.publicradio.org/podcasts/ }the American Public Media podcast list. Looked like lots of interesting and unusual shows that we didn’t have the time to listen to during our searches/tests. Easy listening stuff, like the Writer’s Almanac and the Prairie Home Companion, market reports, etc.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts }podcasts from the BBC, you might find something surprising there.
http://www.digitalpodcast.com/ }this site found a lot of older sites with dead links and so on. That is, the site is easy to use and well-organized, and works as it ought to, but links just lead to DLs and weird sites and such.
http://drjonedae.wordpress.com }of course, we make podcasts too. These are all music, with no talking and no commercials.
http://www.loc.gov/podcasts/ }podcasts from the Library of Congress; much what you’d expect.
http://mediaplayer.group.cam.ac.uk/main/Podcasts.html }This site offers a limited number of podcasts.
http://www.npr.org/rss/podcast/podcast_directory.php }this is the NPR podcast directory. It’s fast, works well, and we found no dead links, etc.
http://www.podcast.com/ }in our test, this site found some shows quickly, but then they “play” feature failed. Something wrong with their player? But the “download” button worked, plays in your WMP if you’re on windows.
http://www.podcastalley.com/index.php }this site is fast and works well, but, they have no podcasts in several easy subjects or persons. Just so you’ll know; but they may have lots of stuff that we didn’t look for, etc.
Find podcasts on virtually any subject, from the environment to health, here.
www.podcastdirectory.com }this one still works and the links are still good; however, in our tests, the podcast (video) itself loaded very slowly, but then played fine and high-res.
www.podscape.com }DL 2011
www.podspider.com }link now redirects you to a commercial site, “Internet Radio Recorder, Video Downloader, DVD Ripper, Stream Capture, iPhone/iPod/iPad/Zune Converter” at audials.com. DL 2011.
http://podcasts.yahoo.com }DL 2011. What happened to Yahoo podcasts?? Info here: www.readwriteweb.com/archives/yahoo_to_close_podcasting… }if the page will load.
http://www.radiolab.org/series/podcasts/ }a source of Science podcasts. In our tests, the site worked perfectly and the podcast was interesting. If you’d like to hear it, it’s here: http://www.radiolab.org/popup_player/# }the 4 track mind. (Example)
http://www.un.org/webcast/ }Watch meetings and more from the UN.
http://www.voipnow.org/2007/04/want_free_voip_.html }Use this guide to set-up free voip conferences or interviews to include in your podcast.
VIII. Video. (See also Julie Éclair’s Videolist http://sdrv.ms/OxyWpF)
bubl.ac.uk/link/v/video.htm }directory of directories with links to sites with video.
www.blinkx.com }This site opens with showing you a visual menu of selections; however, clicking on it didn’t show us the video! First IE blocked the download, then after that we were frustrated by various other screens, and eventually, porn videos, presented by Blinkx. Very disappointing performance from a video service that was formerly one of our favorites. Evidently Blinkx was very changed when youtube bought it. Eventually, we found the video we’d selected again, but then, it showed us only a preview of, and then continued on to a video that we hadn’t selected, w/o asking us. Very poor performance. (When we finally got to the source website, it wouldn’t play the video at all, not even a preview.)That is, both the the Blinkx and ABS News website’s videos are broken now, and don’t work anymore.
http://browse.lt/ }a new site. This site did well in our video tests. It gives results for you tube, daily motion, vimeo, and metacafe, on 4 tabs of one page. Fast, easy to see and use, a simple search engine. For news, you have Delfi, Alfa, BBC, CNN, and RIA Novsoti, as tabs all on on page. We like it; it’s difficult to find information about it. For now, we Recommend it. Returns results in their native language sometime, not in English; search page has buttons for Lithuanian, English, and Russian. It also did well in our search term test. This is based in Lithuania, and we’ve never heard of it before. We have not been able to learn if it is a meta-search engine or meta-crawler or not; but sometimes the results look a little like google, so we are still researching this new engine. Definitely an HQ search engine.
http://www.fourcc.org/identifier/ }their fourcc identifier page. A fourcc identifier allows you to determine which fourccs and audio tags are used within a media file. Knowing this allows you to identify precisely which video codecs and audio codecs that you will need in order to be able to playback the media file. FOURCC is short for “four character code” – an identifier for a video codec, compression format, color or pixel format used in media files.
http://www.free-codecs.com/sitemap.htm }site with most of the codecs you’ll need for your computer. We mean especially windows, since it is the world’s most popular OS, but on this List we’ll have codec sites for Mac, Linux, etc. Page linked to is their sitemap and TOC.
https://ixquick.com/do/search }we mention Ixquick’s video search here since it is surprisingly poor, compared to others, for an otherwise very good metasearch engine. They rely mostly on Blinkx, in our test, and Blinkx is very FUBAR since it was acquired by another company some years back. Avoid Blinkx now.
http://www.kartoo.com/download/download-online-videos.htm }kartoo’s list of video downloaders. Some of these we have tested and listed here or, for example, in Web Tools. Some were DLs. Some are links to other lists of downloaders and converters. Note that many of these won’t install properly or won’t install on public computers, of which millions are in daily use across the U.S. Also we didn’t have time to check Kartoo’s linklist for DLs; and finally, we don’t use any of the “downloaders”, etc., on their linklist, and haven’t had the time to test more than a few. For instance, we tested the ImTOO app(s), but eventually chose other ones for our own use.
http://www.mainconcept.com/ }”Our combination of high quality encoding, performance optimized for the latest processors and operating systems, as well as support for all of the major international codec standards in use today makes MainConcept the best choice for codec technology”, says their homepage. We haven’t tested any of their SDKs or codecs yet, let us know what your results are. Also: apps and plug-ins.
http://www.morgan-multimedia.com/morgan/php/news.php }JPEG2000 is the new international standard for image compression method and file format. This is the successor of the well-known traditional JPEG written by the ISO group Joint Photographic Experts Group. Contrary to the technology JPEG which used DCT functions, JPEG2000 technology is based on an mathematical algorithm called wavelets to compress image that provides high compression with image quality superior to all existing standard encoding techniques even at low bit rates. That’s the reason why JPEG2000 has a number of advantages over the JPEG Format. Morgan products all have a free trial period, 30 or 60 days typically, but they have no freeware.
http://codecs.necromancers.ru/ }Codec is short for compressor/decompressor, it is any technology for compressing and decompressing data. Codecs can be implemented in software, hardware, or a combination of both. Codecs are used to make large video files much smaller making them suitable for distribution on the net, either on the web or a LAN or any other method of file transfer like wireless devices etc.
Some times when you are trying to play an .avi file the “Unexpected File Format” or a similar error message displays. This happen if you are attempting to play a file for which the proper codec is not on your system. To correct the problem obtain the correct codec.
http://streamingmedia.com/ }”the premier online destination for professionals seeking industry news, information, articles, directories and services. The site features thousands of original articles, hundreds of hours of audio/video content, breaking news, research reports, industry directory, and case studies that showcase the latest real-world streaming media implementations.”
http://www.tubesfan.com/ TubesFan Video SE searches for video files from the most popular internet resources and displays them in one place for users’ convenience. Did well in our hard test, Recommended.
http://www.videohelp.com }This site will help you to make your own DVD, Blu-ray, AVI, MKV, MP4 etc that can be played on your standalone DVD Player, Blu-ray Player, Media Center or portable device from video sources like DVD, Video, TV, DV, AVCHD or downloaded movie clips like AVI, MKV, MP4, WMV, Flash, etc.
video.yahoo.com }it isn’t clear to us what their video site is really for. Perhaps that’s since we don’t care what’s “trending now”, but yahoo does. But here: http://video.yahoo.com/explore/ }they host or link to 37 featured networks. For our test, we selected the space channel, and it showed us and advertisement for a furniture store. Eventually, there was a 10:34 video about space exploration. No menu of space channel videos was offered, nor a choice given, nor were we connected to that site.
http://www.vizhole.com/ }the newest video search engine that we’ve found. Did well in out tests. Returns relevant results fast, and easy to read and use. Engine searches all the video sites at once, including Veoh, Ifilm, Daily Motion, Live Video, You Tube, and so on. Recommended. Site is most popular in India.
www.youtube.com }This has become, of course, the giant in online videos, much worse since google bought them. However, the other video providers are still out there and their videos appear on our Lists.
http://www.apple.com/appletv/ }If you’re an Apple person, especially anyone already heavily using iTunes to watch content on your computer or Apple device, Apple TV is a compelling buy. But if you use Hulu a lot, then the Roku might be a better choice. Like the Roku, Apple TV is easy to use and works very well. Learn more at the Apple TV web site and see our review below:
http://www.boxee.tv/ }If you’re already using the Boxee software on your computer and are happy, then perhaps this is the choice for you. Otherwise, Boxee currently lacks the major channels that both Roku and Apple TV provide. For the $200 price, you could buy both a Roku and an Apple TV and still have change left over.
http://www.cnn.com/video/?iref=videoglobal }Watch news stories from CNN.
http://dsc.discovery.com/ }Watch videos, read articles and play games to learn about history, science, health and more.
http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2011/01/03/what-the-hell-is-going-on-with-tv/ }what the hell is goin on with TV? Google TV. Xbox. Apple TV. Roku. All these gadgets promise to make television more like the web. There’s just one hitch: None of them are ready for primetime.
http://freedocumentaries.org/ }Watch political documentaries about Latin America, Russia, assassinations, Israel and more from this site.
http://www.google.com/tv/ }you fans of our work, JKU, will know that we dislike using any google product including its search engines, and that we strive not to do so. However, they do have a somewhat popular internet-to-tv going, so here’s a review of it. Obviously, you can find info for all of these on Wikipedia. If you’re an early adopter with cash to burn, then Google TV might be for you. Otherwise, you may wish to wait until the software improves and the prices likely drop, as more competitors come into the space. However, any DISH subscribers may want to give Google TV serious consideration, because of the tight integration it offers with DISH DVRs.
http://www.hulu.com/ }Hulu offers a huge amount of content from the major US television networks of ABC, Fox and NBC, all of which are investors in the service. Hulu Plus is a fee-based version of Hulu that, for $8 per month, allows access to more episodes that regular Hulu offers. Currently, only Roku has Hulu Plus. Roku + Hulu Plus = Pretty Awesome covers this in more depth. Boxee and Google TV are promising Hulu Plus support in the future. That will especially help those players, since the major networks block them from pulling TV content off their web sites. Also see Why You’re Still Waiting For Hulu Plus On Google TV.
http://www.linktv.org/ }LinkTV is “television without borders” and broadcasts news from around the world, documentaries.
https://signup.netflix.com/ }While Netflix started as a way to rent DVDs via mail, it has developed into a major provider of movies and TV shows through the internet. For $8 per month, you can stream as much content as you’d like. All the players except Boxee have Netflix support, and Netflix is promised to come to Boxee in the future.
http://www.pbs.org/ }PBS is another fantastic site for catching up on politics, learning about history and culture, and playing educational games.
http://www.roku.com/ }If you’re wanting to get into an internet-to-TV device, this is a top choice. Roku has a great line-up of major content channels. It’s simple to use, works extremely well and comes at a bargain-basement price. You can learn more at the Roku web site, and see our reviews below: Roku: First Day Review & Impressions
www.shadowtv.com }this turns out to be a subscription service. With those, if you agree to the “free trial”, they will automatically bill your credit card for the remainder of what you owe, and put a hold on it until you pay or cancel. If you cancel, the hold on your credit card will still remain for the rest of a 30-day period – FYI.
Looking to stream movies or television content from the internet to your TV? There are a variety of streaming media players on the market. The chart below provides an at-a-glance look at how the leaders — Roku, Apple TV, Boxee Box and Google TV — measure up against each other. NOTE: See our updated story: COMPARED: What You Can Watch On Google Chromecast, Apple TV & Roku. After the chart, you’ll find further details about the features listed, why they may be important to you, followed by links to our reviews of each product.
http://www.tvcouch.com/ }TV Couch brings you the best internet television experience, right from inside your browser. It has all of the best shows, podcasts and entertainment all wrapped up in a beautiful interface. No software to install, no subscriptions, no contracts, it just works.
www.tveyes.com }this is another subscription-only service.
tvnews.vanderbilt.edu }this is yet another subscription service. “Borrowers” pay a fee to borrow a broadcast, or can buy the broadcast on DVD.
http://wwitv.com/ }called world wide internet TV, they claim to have 2136 online channels listed. In our test, it provided streaming, what-they-call, content, on demand. The live feed from L.A, was about 8 hours old, but, at least they provided something. The live feed from N.Y. was actually live. Only this site actually provides you live streaming TV to watch. Highly recommended.
http://www.yippy.com }has WebTV, movies, videos, cartoons, etc.
X. Archives, Journals and Zines. (see also Academic Research List http://sdrv.ms/R4hwOv )
http://www.acqweb.org/journals.html }directory of journals, newsletters, and electronic discussion archives, also known as Listservs. 181 links on page. Evidently an older site, we found several DLs (dead links) on the site.
www.archive.org }this is the Internet Archive site.
http://www.archive.org/web/web.php }this is the Archive’s Wayback Machine, which lets you find the remains of extinct website. It can be useful.
http://archive.bibalex.org, the Internet archive at the New Library of Alexandria, Egypt, mirrors the Wayback Machine. Try your search there when you have trouble connecting to the Wayback servers.
http://www.ibrain.org/ }here is a website where someone has attempted to imitate what we do, that is, bring you the best collection of sites on the web, by category. Unfortunately for them, ours are much better, since here the sites are reviewed and annotated. We checked out a few of their linklists, and, they are amateurs; no comparison.
http://nationalatlas.gov/printable/reference.html }Printable Maps, US, State, Counties.
http://www.pdf-mags.com/ }Here you find links and information about over 250 free PDF magazines from around the world with main focus on art, design, illustration and everyday culture. Magazine covers are displayed and categories of each shown.
http://www.webcitation.org/ }WebCite®, which used to be a member of member of the International Internet Preservation Consortium, is an on-demand archiving system for webreferences (cited webpages and websites, or other kinds of Internet-accessible digital objects), which can be used by authors, editors, and publishers of scholarly papers and books, to ensure that cited webmaterial will remain available to readers in the future. A WebCite®-enhanced reference is a reference which contains – in addition to the original live URL (which can and probably will disappear in the future, or its content may change) – a link to an archived copy of the material, exactly as the citing author saw it when he accessed the cited material.
XI. Other searching– See also Online Tools 2013 (http://sdrv.ms/wkep6I ) from JKU. This section includes Invisible Web, etc.
http://websearch.about.com/od/invisibleweb/a/invisibleweb.htm }Invisible Web Directory, annotated links to search resources “for the deep web”, which duplicates many of the URLs that we have here for you.
http://edina.ac.uk/about/ }at first this looks like we have put it on the wrong List, and as if it should be on the JKU Academic Research List. But pause a moment and look closely, and you will see this is another resource about Information, Standards, and Research. However, we thought that someone without our combined knowledge and expertise – we’re probably a genius when combined – wouldn’t know what JISC stood for, and acronym the University of Edinburgh, uses in this website. So, here’s a link for that which is explanatory: http://www.jisc.ac.uk/aboutus/strategy.aspx }so, they say, “Our vision is one of easy and widespread access to information and resources, anytime, anywhere; a vision with technology and information management at the heart of research and education.” And who are they? http://www.jisc.ac.uk/aboutus.aspx }”e are a registered charity and work on behalf of UK higher education, further education and skills to champion the use of digital technologies. Historically, JISC stood for Joint Information Systems Committee but over the last decade we have evolved and as a company we are now known as Jisc.“ So, and here is http://edina.ac.uk/sitemap.html }the site map for Edina. From here you can link to these information resources.
http://www.alistapart.com/about/ } A List Apart Magazine (ISSN: 1534-0295) explores the design, development, and meaning of web content, with a special focus on web standards and best practices.
http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=1137372 }”One of the core challenges of the Semantic Web is to create metadata by mass collaboration-by combining semantic content created by a large number of people. To attain this objective, researchers have developed several approaches to deal with the manual or semiautomatic creation of metadata from existing information.” Annotation for the deep web.
http://amser.org./ }applied math and science education repository.
http://users.anet.com/~packrat/search.html }this site is a list of search link just like this List is, and duplicates many of our links here. Many of the links on this page are DLs (dead links), but we’ve included it so that you can find what you’re looking for, if it isn’t on our Research Lists. However, don’t forget our Index (http://bit.ly/Aoyr3v ), since what you want can usually be found on one of our Lists.
http://web.archive.org/web/20040620205638/http://aip.completeplanet.com/aip-engines/help/largest_engines.jsp }this is the list of Largest Deep Web Sites, from Complete Planet, a dead website now. We found this page on archive.org for you.
http://invisibleweblog.blogspot.com/search/label/About%20the%20Weblog }A Web-blog about the Invisible Web and Information Availability on the Web.
http://zillman.blogspot.com/2009/08/current-awareness-discovery-tools-on.html }Research white paper titled “Current Awareness Discovery Tools on the Internet” is a 27 page research paper listing many resources both new and existing that will help anyone who is attempting to find information and knowledge research about current awareness discovery tools available on the Internet. The pdf is here http://whitepapers.virtualprivatelibrary.net/Current%20Awareness%20Discovery%20Tools.pdf }and gives list of various articles and journals with brief descriptions. Some of the sites mentioned are down, are DLs.
www.completeplanet.com }70,000+ searchable databases and specialty search engines. 2011 Update: this site is still there at its URL, but most of the links fail. It is not quite a dead site yet and might still be useful. 2012 Update: site is down now, find it at archive.org.
http://www.cselinks.com/ }listed here are custom search engines, which are made to search specific categories. A person can make their own CSE, as well.
http://downforeveryoneorjustme.com/ }webpage for checking if another website is down or not; or, down for just you or down for everyone.
http://www.gotoandlearn.com/ }various online tutorials on new tech.
www.itools.com/ }use the right tool, small collection of online search tools.
http://kateray.net/film/ }a video about the Semantic Web. 14:30.
http://www.lexisnexis.com/ }here is the lexis/nexis start-page. There are resources for legal, academic, and business/corporate research.
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/searchguide/en-en/default.mspx# }this page allows you to add a search provider to your Internet Explorer. The page is available in different languages.
http://www.markosweb.com/ }a web service that collects and analyzes any data about domains and keywords they are optimized for. Currently we use around 25+ open API sources researching the most popular domains and keywords. We have 938,147,687 records stored (for 7,546,229 domains) in our database and are continuing to grow.
http://www.markosweb.com/websitemonitor/cant-access-a-site/ }If you cannot access a website, and you discover using our sitedown monitoring tool that the site is not down and that other people can access it (i.e. the problem is on your end, and has nothing to do with the website itself), then what could be the reason for this? What problems could be stopping you from accessing the website? These are the 4 principal reasons why this may be happening.
http://mycroft.mozdev.org/ }this is the main site for finding search engine plug-ins for your browser, Explorer or Firefox.
http://myip-besthide.info/ }has links to proxy sites which have lists of proxy server sites. This site is not new; see Online Tools 2013 for the latest proxy info, and also The Cold List.
http://networkx.github.com/documentation/latest/overview.html }networkx has a search feature and will sometimes find info that no one else does. “NetworkX is a Python language software package for the creation, manipulation, and study of the structure, dynamics, and function of complex networks. With NetworkX you can load and store networks in standard and nonstandard data formats, generate many types of random and classic networks, analyze network structure, build network models, design new network algorithms, draw networks, and much more.“ Here is the search page: http://networkx.lanl.gov/search.html?q=search }this page shows the results of one of our tests, for the word “search”. Great for programmers, information scientists, mathematicians, Recommended for them. http://networkx.lanl.gov/search.html?q=three }in this somewhat easier test, this engine found some surprising results, such as this Glossary: http://networkx.lanl.gov/reference/glossary.html?highlight=three }a short glossary, but shows key concepts from graph theory and Python about their subject.
http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives/?p_action=home&p_product=NewsLibrary&p_theme=newslibrary2&p_queryname=4000&d_sources=home&d_place=&p_nbid=&p_multi=&s_search_type=keyword&s_home=home&p_field_search=&p_sort= }4438 newspapers and other news sources make NewsLibrary.com the ideal tool for news research. The most complete archive available for each publication is included. Click on “search” tab to search the database.
http://omgili.com/ }a forum search engine that only returns forum threads in the results; lets you find communities, message boards, discussion threads about any topic.
http://www.pandia.com/post/025-3.html }for those of you who take your research as seriously as we do, there is more info of use to you on this page.
http://www.pubgene.com/ }”In 2001, PubGene founders demonstrated one of the first applications of text mining to research in biomedicine (i.e., biomedical text mining). They went on to create the PubGene public search engine, exemplifying the approach they pioneered by presenting biomedical terms as graphical networks based on their co-occurrence in MEDLINE texts. Co-occurrence networks provide a visual overview of possible relationships between terms and facilitate medical literature retrieval for relevant sets of articles implied by the network display. “
www.resourceshelf.com }new sites, invisible web; free resources are available on the web, including databases, lists and rankings, real-time sources, and multimedia.
www.researchbuzz.com }weekly newletter.
http://scout.wisc.edu/ }new academic sites; go direct to their table of contents: http://scout.wisc.edu/Reports/ScoutReport/Current/ }and also, find recent project reports here: http://scout.wisc.edu/Reports/ScoutReport/2011/scout-110513-re.php#1 }and links from there. (See also Academic Research List).
http://www.searchenginedirectory.net/ }the search engine directory’s list of directories and search engines.
http://searchengineland.com/guide/ }the search engine land guide to all things ‘search’. Clean, easy to use site. It is new to us, but we Recommend it based on what we’ve seen. Info if you want to research search engines, how they work, etc., can be found on this site and the other sites in this Category.
http://searchengineland.com/guide/what-is-seo }SEO stands for “search engine optimization.” It is the process of getting traffic from the “free,” “organic,” “editorial” or “natural” listings on search engines. All major search engines such as Google, Yahoo and Bing have such results, where web pages and other content such as videos or local listings are shown and ranked based on what the search engine considers most relevant to users. Payment isn’t involved, as it is with paid search ads.
http://searchengineland.com/google-now-crawling-and-indexing-flash-content-14299 }Historically, search engines have been unable to extract content, such as text and links, from Flash (SWF) files. Subsequently, much of the Flash-based content on the web has been unavailable in search results. This situation has been frustrating for web developers, who have tried to come up with workarounds to help get search engines to index and rank their Flash pages. This situation hasn’t been ideal for searchers either, as this limitation has kept them from seeing potentially great matches for their queries because they’ve been locked away in Flash files. According to Adobe and Google, all of that is changing. Google is launching what they tell me is a “deep algorithmic change,” augmented by Flash reader technology supplied by Adobe, that enables them to “read” Flash files and extract text and links from it for better indexing and ranking. This could be great news for both site owners and searchers
http://www.seroundtable.com }The purpose behind the Search Engine Roundtable is to report on the most interesting threads taking place at the SEM (Search Engine Marketing) forums. By enlisting some of the most recognized names at those forums, the Roundtable is able to not only report on these outstanding threads but also provide a synopsis that provides greater detail into those threads.
http://searchenginewatch.com/page/guides } Looking for search engines? This section of Search Engine Watch lists some top choices in various categories.
http://searchenginewatch.com/article/2065024/Specialty-Search-Engines }this is their list of categorized “specialty search engines”. We haven’t tested all those engines yet, but this site is trustworthy; it is also a little old, by today’s opinions.
http://searchenginewatch.com/article/2067983/Country-Specific-Search-Engines } Search Engine Watch provides listings for search engines that serve the entire world, which you can find on the Major Search Engines page. There are also search engines that are devoted to particular countries and regions of the world. The resources below will help you locate these country-specific web sites.
http://www.tech-faq.com/proxy }here is a list of untested proxy sites.
http://www.thesearchenginelist.com/ }this is, of course, the search engine list itself.
http://kba.tripod.com/search.htm }here’s a site with a long list of links, to search engines in various categories, and other useful links. This would be competitive with our linklists, that is, JKU, but they’re weak on annotations, tests, and reviews; only we do those for you. They categorize their links, but they’re all on one huge page. Ours are categorized better. This page is just for searching and researching; other pages have entertainment links, government links, academic links, etc. We’re still the best at what we do on the web, but we include this page for you since it has links we didn’t use, and so on, for your convenience.
http://www.usa.gov/ }USA.gov is an absolutely mammoth search engine/portal that gives the searcher direct access to a wide variety of information and databases from the United States government, state governments, and local governments. This includes access to the Library of Congress, an A-Z government agency index, the Smithsonian, and more.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darknet_%28file_sharing%29 }Darknet is a private, distributed P2P file sharing network where connections are either made only between trusted peers — sometimes called “friends” (F2F) — using non-standard protocols and ports. Darknets are distinct from other distributed P2P networks as sharing is anonymous (that is, IP addresses are not publicly shared), and therefore users can communicate with little fear of governmental or corporate interference.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freenet }Freenet is a peer-to-peer platform for censorship-resistant communication. It uses a decentralized distributed data store to store information, and has a suite of free software for working with this data store. Both Freenet and some of its associated tools were originally designed by Ian Clarke, who defines Freenet’s goal as providing freedom of speech with strong anonymity protection.