Metasearch Engines

Ixquick is an example of a metasearch engine.

[ Ixquick page ]
Reproduced with permission from Ixquick.

Metasearch engines search the databases of several search engines at a time (e.g., HotBot, Excite, and Yahoo).

Most eliminate duplicate listings.

Usually, you have little control over search options.

[ smiley face ] Best for an overview of your topic on the Web, seeing which search engines will produce the best results, and for simple searches.

[ sad face ] Downside, they aren't thorough.  Most metasearch engines omit Google, which is a highly-rated search engine.

Other metasearch engines:, Ask Jeeves, the BigHub,,,,, and

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