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Christina's LIS Rant
Friday, March 18, 2005
  CIL2005: Cool Search Tools & Sites

Gary Price and Tara Calishain

Available www.digbig.com/4cxfk or http://www.freepint.com/gary/cool05.html
I’m not linking everything here for time reasons, so use the site above to get a clickable version of this.

Maps
MSN maps – live traffic reports via text messaging
Yahoo maps – local traffic maps on Yahoo maps
Yahoo local – send the information to your phone so you don’t have to copy it down

Gigablast (roll your own)
Custom topic search – gives you a form to list up to 200 domains and folders to be searched

FindArticles
Search 5M articles. Around for years, recently approved. Lots of sort options. RSS feed of results.

TerraFly
From Florida International University (free). Satellite imagery, local information, directory information. Similar to keyhole but with more information.

Contextual Information (helps you to narrow your search by suggesting refinements or new terms)
YQ – contextual information fromYahoo, this feature is available through the developers network so you can embed it in your own site
SurfWax – helps you find the best areas
Pinpoint shopping
Google suggest

Direct Answers
brainboost, not perfect, but works ok
AskJeeves – smart search, works really well for certain ready reference
MSN – from Encarta
Yahoo shortcuts – example: gas (zip code) to find cheap gas

RSS
Syndic8
Bloglines – also mobile version, search engine
MyYahoo
Keyword search RSS feeds – Yahoo news, Topix (good local, also separates out press releases)

Jux2 – allows you to compare results from different search engines so you can see what the overlap

Slider
Yahoo shopping (new in 2003), product reviews from PC Magazine
Kayak (travel)
MSN for advanced search interface

Multimedia search engines
Singing Fish – multimedia search engine (open web, not p2p)
GoFish – search ring tones
Google video
PBS video search (from Virage) – every word spoken (from captioning)
Speechbot – every word spoken from radio programs (from voice recognition)

URLInfo (from Michael Fagan) – lets you find information on a page

Phonebooks
A9 yellow book with storefront pictures (there’s also pagesjaunes with the same thing in France and Spain)
Argali White and Yellow – federated phone book

RedLightGreen – from RLG, search for books, then see if they’re in your library. Groups editions (unlike worldcat)

Yahoo Developer Network
With API
Hasn’t been updated since 2002
New APIs that work with news and other searches
They have a list of samples that people have made



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