Metasearch Engines

MetaCrawler is an example of a metasearch engine.

MetaCrawler search page

Metasearch engines search the databases of several search engines at a time (e.g., Ask, Bing, 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. They are only as good as the search engines that they are using.

Other metasearch engines: Mamma.com & Dogpile.com

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