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Library Home » Metasearch Tools

Why Use Metasearch Tools?

    Metasearch Tools:

  • Search several search engines or Web directories simultaneously, eliminating the need to query each search tool individually

    Metasearch Tools have limitations that include:

  • Time-outs when search processing takes too long
  • Displaying only 10-50 hits from each search engine they query (even when many more results are available)
  • Ignoring advanced search features from individual search engines
  • Inability to employ Boolean and phrase searching