Friday, December 23, 2005

Helpful Search Engines

I'm late blogging tonight because I've spent most of the day running around, trying to complete my Christmas preparations. Finally -- the shopping is done, the cards are mailed, the gifts are wrapped and the baking is finished. From here on out, I'm coasting. When I stopped off at the library this afternoon, the librarian had a stack of new books waiting for me; I'm looking forward to diving into them.

The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) had an article recently on vertical search engines: those search engines devoted to a particular segment of the search universe -- as opposed to the general purpose search engines that "rarely offer the vertical engines' precision or ability to sort and filter the results."

Here is a summary of the search engines the WSJ recommended:

TO FIND A BOOK, TRY: isbn.nu; BookFinder; RedLightGreen; or NetLibrary

TO FIND A JOB, TRY: Simply Hired; Indeed; or Yahoo HotJobs

TO FIND A HOUSE TO BUY OR RENT, TRY: Trulia; HomePages; Oodle

TO FIND AIRLINE FLIGHTS OR HOTELS, TRY: SideStep; Kayak; FareChase; or Mobissimo

TO FIND TECHNICAL INFORMATION, TRY: GlobalSpec (engineering); Scirus (science-related); IT.com (corporate information technology); or LawCrawler (legal-related)

TO FIND A PHONE NUMBER, POSTAL OR EMAIL ADDRESS, TRY: Argali White & Yellow (requires downloading free software)

TO FIND REFERENCE SOURCES, TRY: Answers.com (formerly known as GuruNet)

Here's hoping you're ready for Christmas, too, and can take a little time for yourself.

Warm regards,

Maya

1 comment:

Karen said...

Merry Christmas Maya - hope you find all your dreams in your stocking!