Sunday, September 14, 2014

Project #15 Search Engines

Below is my evaluation of eight search engines. I have rated them on a scale of 1-5.

1-Would Not Recommend it




5-Highly Recommended


WolframAlpha is a "Computational Knowledge Engine", and off-the-bat asks what you would like to calculate or know about. At first, I had trouble getting the sight to find what I was looking for. When I searched "Comma Splice" the website said they were still "gathering information on that". However, when I searched "George Washington" his bio came up including his place and date of birth and death, leadership positions he held, and a Wikipedia summary. Instead of sending you to links to go through, Wolframalpha gives you the information. It seems like the search engine is still in the works, but I think it will be great for schools to use as an alternative to Google. 3/5


DuckDuckGo is a search engine that does not track its' users. When searching "George Washington" it brought me to a page of very useful links on information about George Washington. At the top of the page it also showed the most recent news articles containing the word George Washington. That could be very helpful when trying to find out more about a news article you do not know very much about. You could simply type in the little bit you know, or find news about something you are interested in. I typed in "Ray Rice", because he has been mentioned in the media a lot recently. DuckDuckGo pulled up news articles that had been posted less than an hour before my search. I then typed in "Glass Museum" and a list of glass museums with their photo came up. This search engine gives back information that is the most relative to your search. I highly recommend it. 5/5


Dogpile combines results of other search engines to give you the best results. It also has a search bar for the white pages. I felt that it had to many advertisement links before my results. I had to scroll through six advertisements, and eight recommended searched before it gave me my web results. 1/5


Lycos is a search engine that has it all. On the home page there is a link to Twitter and Facebook, and it has the weather, temperature, and city listed as well. This search engine allows users to build free websites, and has access to a blogging option. Users can shop, look up the news, or any search on this search engine. Lycos has a chat and email option as well as its own video channel. It returns back very relative information to the search. 4/5


Ask is a search engine that allows you to ask questions. On its homepage it has the question of the day, as well as previous questions of the day. It also has a poll option. has a Question and Answer Community where people can post questions for other users to answer. Users can browse the most recent questions or search categories. I think this search engine is great for wanting to find different perspectives on topics. When searching the site shows frequently asked questions about that topic on the side of the screen. I feel that this can help students by providing extra information, and showing questions they might not have thought. 5/5


Yandex allows users to translate, and search in other languages. It searches in 44 languages! "Ik ben Andrea Fust, en ik aan de Universiteit van Zuid-Alabama." (I am Andrea Fust, and I attend the University of South Alabama [in Dutch]). This search engine would work for E.L.L (English Language Learning) students. This could also be used to translate messages between people from other countries. 3/5


Blekko is the search engine to use when it comes to entertainment. On the home page it has pictures and links to trending celebrities. After searching you can narrow your search in to related categories such as; top results, latest, gossip, lyrics, travel, tv, jobs, and actors. The page also has images on the right side of the page that match your search. 2/3


Bing is a generic search engine similar to Google. However, on the homepage, bing has links for trending news stories for users to click on. Also Bing has multiple homepage images to look through that have comments about the image when your mouse scrolls over it. When searching "Mobile Al" Bing returned with links to webpages, images, a map, points of interest, and more. So while it is like Google, it gives more information when the search in returned versus scrolling through links. 5/5

Most of these search engines I had never used before now. It really opened my eyes to how many different types of search engines there are. Now that I know about all of these search engines, I can use which one is most relative to what I am trying to research.
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