Thing 9: Search Tools Ninja

Use a search tool other than Google? Not something I spend much time thinking about doing. However, in the spirit of exploring new resources to provide them to teachers I decided Search Tools Ninja is a good “thing” to explore.

Tools I explored:

DuckDuckGo – A search engine that doesn’t track what you do. That would have been helpful for the Holiday Season. It seems every time I opened my browser I was showing people what I had been shopping for.

Two things I loved about DuckDuckGo

  1. The ! Bang search feature. Type in !Amazon blue sneakers and you go right to Amazon to look at blue sneakers. Cuts out an additional step. Love that.
  2. The Search this domain feature on the bottom right of the search results. I was able to quickly delve deeper into a webpage without redoing my search.


Million Short – What a great way to shop for clothes!  The ability to remove the items by layers was fun! I had to remove 10K items before finding rainboots from stores I had not heard of and, while that was fun, it wasn’t enough to keep me exploring for long. The “take a tour” feature didn’t seem to work in either browser I tried and the other filters weren’t something that I found helpful.


Carrot Search 

The visual display of the Circles and FoamTree options provides a useful way to start sorting results. This could be very helpful to researchers as they are narrowing down their research topics. I searched vaping in both the eToolsWeb Search and the PubMed search tab to compare the subcategory results. They were as different as you would expect.

I really enjoyed trying out the Cool Tools Resources custom google search and look forward to that “Aha!” moment when I find the chance to try out my own  Google Custom Search

I have added these three search engines to my LibGuide along with Google Custom Search

I can see using Carrot Search  to help students narrow down their research topics. Note: some of the databases offer this feature too. It would be interesting to have the students use Carrot Search  and then compare the results to the database visual.






About Kim Nemeth

Hello and welcome to my blog. I am a High School Library Media Specialist in beautiful Saratoga Springs New York. I am an avid reader and am addicted to learning. This blog was originally started as part of the Cool Tools for Schools project in 2012. Since then I have continued to participate in Cool Tools for Schools and add my thoughts here. I found this blog to be an excellent place to refer to when I needed an idea or had a tick mark in my head and needed a reminder. I would love comments and feedback on my posts. Enjoy!
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1 Response to Thing 9: Search Tools Ninja

  1. You found some great features of these search tools! Just experimented with some of your suggestions. Thanks!

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