Metasearch Engines

Ixquick is an example of a metasearch engine.

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Reproduced with permission from Ixquick.

Metasearch engines search the databases of several search engines at a time (e.g., Google, Lycos, 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.

frowning face. Downside, most don't let you use advanced search features found in most search engines.

Other metasearch engines: Dogpile and Yippy.

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