We often rely on the same familiar search engines when conducting an Internet search.  However, there are many other search engines that may be better suited to our information needs.  Some search engines that may be unfamiliar to you and which you may want to try are:

A general search engine, Clusty.com, is part of Yippy, Inc.  Clusty won’t track your activity, store your history in its browser, monitor or record your searches, store copies of your email, or collect any more personal information than you volunteer.   http://www.clusty.com

Blekko is a spam-free search engine focused on delivering high quality, relevant search results. An important part of searching on Blekko is using slashtags.  A slashtag is a tool used to filter search results and helps you to search only high quality sites, without spam or content farms.  http://blekko.com

To find like pages, try SimilarPages, a Search Engine and a Web Discovery Tool based on similarity.  Similar sites on specific topics are difficult to find and many sites are never viewed but are relevant.  You can search SimilarPages using a keyword or by URL.  The SimilarPages search engine works on an index of roughly 3.2 billion pages and roughly 200 million hosts.  http://www.similarpages.com

For legislative information, try using the beta version of Congress.gov contains legislation from the 107th Congress (2001) to the present, member profiles from the 93rd Congress (1973) to the present, and some member profiles from the 80th through the 92nd Congresses (1947 to 1972).   Eventually Congress.gov will incorporate all of the information available on THOMAS.gov.   http://beta.congress.gov

A general search engine brought to you by Ixquick, the world’s most private search engine, Startpage offers you search results generated by Google. This offers you the search results and search features you may have grown accustomed to.  Startpage does not use identifying cookies or tracking cookies. To allow you to customize your Startpage settings, Startpage does, however, use an anonymous ‘preferences’ cookie that is stored on your computer. This cookie does not pose a risk to your privacy.  http://startpage.com