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

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

Other metasearch engines: Dogpile, MetaCrawler, and SavySearch.

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