School of Life Sciences | Ask A Biologist

dropdown arrow downdropdown arrow upshow/hide menu

Ask A Biologist heading
subpage header

Search Engines

show/hide words to know

  • Metasearch engines: a website that searches other search engines. This allows a person to use many search engine databases from one website.
  • Search engine: a website that provides search tools used to locate content on the Web. Usually search engines collect information on a large number of websites and places them in an index that can be searched quickly to find needed information... more

Search Engines

Try out some of the search engines, metasearch sites, and directories used at Ask A Biologist. There are many more great search sites out there. These are just a few that we have used or still use today.

NameType of SearchUnique FeaturesAdult Content filterAddress

BingEngineMicrosoft's search tool.Yeswww.bing.com
DogpileMetasearchGreat place to enter keywords for a large search of other Web search sites. Also has image, video, and news search options.Yeswww.dogpile.com
GoogleEngineLargest and best results from a single search engine. Also has a great image search.Yeswww.google.com
HotbotEngineEasy to use Boolean language and filter for edu, com, gov, or US and European searches (on the advanced page).Nowww.hotbot.com
PubMedEngineExample of a search engine that specializes in one area (science and medicine).Nowww.pubmed.gov
YahooEngineThe original Web directory service on the Internet. Now a search engine.Yeswww.yahoo.com

To find more search engines including ones for specific topics, check out the following web site.

Search Engine Guide: www.searchengineguide.com/searchengines.html


Filtering out adult content - some of the search engines include filters that help to eliminate links to questionable content. None of them are 100% foolproof. Adult supervision is always the best method and often fun for both student and adult.

Share to Google Classroom

Be part of Ask A Biologist

by volunteering, or simply sending us feedback on the site. Scientists, teachers, writers, illustrators, and translators are all important to the program. If you are interested in helping with the website we have a Volunteer page to get the process started.

dropdown arrow downdropdown arrow up  Learn More

Share to Google Classroom

Be part of Ask A Biologist

by volunteering, or simply sending us feedback on the site. Scientists, teachers, writers, illustrators, and translators are all important to the program. If you are interested in helping with the website we have a Volunteer page to get the process started.