"Mirror, mirror, on the wall, which is the best search engine of them all?" That depends....But... isn't Google the best search engine?
Google's top search results are selected by how frequently they are chosen by searchers and are often there because of tricks used by promoters that make them pop up first. Learn how to use all the filters and special tools or move on to try a more specialized search engine that fits your needs. For academic purposes, it's best to try at least two search engines because they will return different results.

How do I choose a Search Engine?

What sort of information do you need and why?
Who are you?

Special needs?

Looking for media?

Need a research topic?

Preparing for a debate?

Searching a particular subject?

Want the best quality results?

Need the most recent information?

Search Engines Galore

Search Engine Comparison Chart

The UCLA Library offers a chart comparing features of recommended search engines and explains how they work.


Search the web for information, images, videos, maps, and more. See below under Google Glop.

Sweet Search

A special search engine designed for students. It searches 35,000 web sites that have been selected by research experts, teachers, and librarians.

Sweet Search 4 Me

A search engine designed for younger students. It searches only Web sites that librarians and teachers have evaluated and approved as high-quality content appropriate for young users. Only the best sites directed at elementary school students are included.


Search the web, images, videos and so much more.


Search the web, images, news, videos, maps, and more.


This new search engine scours three billion Web pages that it considers worthwhile, but it shows only the top results on any given topic. It calls its edited lists of Web sites slashtags. It tries to weed out Web pages that are full of malware, are commercially motivated, or are full of mediocre content.


Search results are categorized; email and video conferencing available. Search for news, games, community information, videos, etc.

Alta Vista

Results in English or Spanish.


Search Google, Yahoo, Bing and Ask.com all at once.


A metasearch engine. Search Google, Yahoo, Bing and Ask.com all at once.
Channels, topic searches, and specialized areas for various purposes.


Tries "to meet most of the internet search needs in a single website." It "presents the results from multiple leading search engines simultaneously to ensure the best results. These leading search engines were very carefully picked to avoid redundancy."


This is a great search engine for students and teachers to use for educational content. Watch the video to see how it works. (Works on Firefox or Chrome, not Internet Explorer.)

Search Engines and Tools for Kids

Go to the Search Engines for Kids page

Google Glop

Here are some helpful Google resources, and there is more on the Google Galore page.

Use filters to make your search more specific Google Advanced Search

Search Tips

Finding Dulcinea's Guide to Web Search

Other Ways to Search

Social Bookmarking

Directories and Indexes