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
- 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.
- 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.
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 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.