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Metasearch Engines

Metacrawler is an example of a metasearch engine.

www.metacrawler.com

Metasearch engines search the databases of several search engines at a time (e.g., HotBot, Excite, and Alta Vista).

Most eliminate duplicate listings.

Usually, you have little control over search options.

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

Downside, they don't allow you to use the advanced search features of each search engine.

Other metasearch engines: Dogpile, Ixquick, and Search.com.

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Original InfoRM material © 2011 by the Liberty University Jerry Falwell Library. This tutorial incorporates material from SBU Library Research Guide, a tutorial developed by the Stony Brook University Libraries, © 2004, from Inflite, a tutorial developed by IUPUI, © 2003, from Searchpath, a tutorial developed by the Western Michigan University Library, © 2001-2002, and from TILT, a tutorial developed by the Digital Information Literacy Office for the University of Texas System Digital Library, © 1998-2002. This material may be reproduced, distributed, or incorporated, provided that appropriate credit is given.