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Top Ten Specialized Search Engines – Useful & Innovative

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Best Search Engines

Although it’s evident that Google has monopolized internet search, there is still a lot of space for the search engines that take an extra step to provide a web surfer with features and functionality that Google lacks, especially when it comes to specialized searches, like images, sounds, torrents, etc. Here is a list of ten search engines that I’m sure you’ll find worth bookmarking.

  1. TinEye

    TinEye is a reverse image search engine. It is the first image search engine on the web to use image identification technology rather than keywords, metadata or watermarks. It is free to use for non-commercial searching.You can submit an image to TinEye to find out where it came from, how it is being used, if modified versions of the image exist, or to find higher resolution versions.

    TinEye regularly crawls the web for new images, and they also accept contributions of complete online image collections. To date, TinEye has indexed 1,719,139,600 images from the web to help you find what you’re looking for.

    TinEye Reverse Image Search Engine

    TinEye

  2. FindSounds

    FindSounds.com is a free site for finding sound effects on the Web. It is a Web search engine, like Google and Yahoo, but with a focus on sounds. It provides powerful features, yet is simple and easy to use, and suitable for all ages. Note to parents: audio files containing obscenities are filtered out so this site is safe for children.

    FindSounds Palette is an audio player, recorder, editor, database, search engine, and Web browser, all in one software program. Using this program, you can search more than one million sounds on the Web, and organize and search your own collection of sounds.

  3. Midomi

    Midomi is the ultimate music search engine because it is powered by your own voice. Can’t remember a song title? No problem, just sing, hum, or whistle to instantly find your favorite music. Midomi features an extensive digital collection of more than two million legal music tracks. You can listen to samples of original recordings and/or buy the full studio versions.

    Furthermore, Midomi serves as a platform to connect with a community that shares your musical interests. You can create a profile, sing your favorite songs and share them with friends and get discovered by other midomi users. You can listen to and rate others’ musical performances, see their pictures, send them messages, buy music, and more.

    Midomi

  4. Kickass Torrents

    Ever since BTJunkie shut down, I’ve been searching for a good alternative BitTorrent search engine, and Kickass Torrents is the one that gets the job done. It uses a web crawler (similar to Google) to search for torrent files from other torrent sites and store it in its database.

    Kickass Torrents indexes both private and public trackers using an automatic web crawler that scans the Internet for torrent files. Cookies are used to track what one downloads so that the person doesn’t need to register in order to rate the torrent. The ratings and feedback given by the person are used to help properly filter and flag malicious torrents uploaded into the website.

     

    Kickass Torrents

  5. Mednar

    Mednar is a free, publicly available deep web search engine specialized in medical field. Using state-of-the-art federated search technology from Deep Web Technologies, Mednar accelerates your research by returning the most relevant results from over 60 authoritative medical collections to one easily navigable page.

    Each search is done in real-time, searching the collections you select as if you were entering the search term on each separate website yourself. Mednar removes duplicate results and then weighs each result for relevance according to how closely it matches your search word or phrase.


    Mednar

  6. PDF Search Engine

    PDF Search Engine is a free online e-book search engine that searches  websites, blogs, forums, message boards, etc. for pdf files. You can find and download millions of e-books but please respect the publisher and the author for their creations if their books are copyrighted.


    PDF Search Engine

  7. Identifont

    Since its launch in November 2000 Identifont has become the largest independent directory of digital fonts on the Internet. It provides a range of features to help you locate fonts or find information about fonts:

    Find fonts by appearance
    Find fonts by name
    Find fonts by similarity
    Find fonts by picture
    Find designers and publishers

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    The Identifont Tools page features a collection of utilities to help you find fonts for specific applications, or identify fonts with particular features.

    Identifont

  8. Keyonary+

    Keyonary is a free online directory of keyboard shortcuts. You simply type in the search bar the shortcut you’d like to find and Keyonary will return it to you.


    Keyonary

  9. UFO Seek

    UFO Seek was founded in 1998 as a human-edited “UFO phenomenon” search engine and directory dedicated to UFO, Paranormal, Religious, Spiritual and unexplainable subjects.

    Over the years UFO Seek became very large and popular UFO paranormal directory on the web. Don’t let the name fool you, it is a serious and extensive source of information on a wide variety of subjects. You can submit your UFO or paranormal site to Ufoseek for free.

    UFO Seek

  10. Internet Archive: Wayback Machine

    This is a search engine that lets you see what any given website looked like in the past and how it evolved todate. Its data base hosts over 150 billion web pages archived from 1996 to a few months ago. To start surfing the Wayback, type in the web address of a site or page where you would like to start, and press enter. Then select from the archived dates available. The resulting pages point to other archived pages at as close a date as possible.

    Internet Archive: Wayback Machine

 

If you enjoyed reading this, here you can read more about Best Alternative Search Engines.

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Comments

  1. I was excited this morning to learn via one of my Alerts that Mednar had been selected as one of the top 10 best specialized search engines.

    As developers of the Mednar Medical search engine and the technology behind it we feel that Mednar provides access to a large, unique, high quality collection of medical research content not available anywhere else.

    As a company focused on providing access to the best content in the “Deep Web” we have developed a number of other great sites including: Science.gov, WorldWideScience.org, Scitopia.org, Biznar.com and ScienceResearch.com

    Abe

    • Thank you, Abe, for stopping by and sharing the info of your other sites. Their names look promising. I’ll definitely take a look, as I am very impressed with the way you’ve designed Mednar.

  2. Here’s a similar (but dynamic) list about top specialized search engine (with ajax filtering capabilities).

    http://www.scuup.net/search/1/search/0/1

  3. First : Thank you very much for this artical.
    second : all search engines good but google on top.

    Thank you

  4. Melissa Davis says:

    This is an awesome list. I spent a few hours searching, and read a few related articles, but your list is going to my faves folder. Thanks!

  5. this is very different and useful too.. i dont know this kinda search engines.. always i use Google, but here i find separate search engines..

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