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Jump to specialist searches
Finding information on the Internet is becoming very difficult. Please do try the following search engines.
The various search tools have differing sets of web pages and differing algorithms. For difficult subjects it is usually best to use two or three search engines at least.
I have found it advantageous to try some of the other search engines below.
This is a Bing scraper, run by Verizon, not biased by prior searches, no cookies, encrypted URL. No deluge of sponsored links. Note: Owned by Verizon, who have had issues with privacy in the past!! Usual Bing weaknesses but less the biases so may be more useful. Try it anyway. This form uses moderate safe search. I have to turn off CSS to select search period. Good image search.
The source of onesearch searches is Bing (Without script, it offers me no date filter, no image access!!):
Duckduckgo may serve a lot of irrelevant pages (sadly they retain the enormous Ggle spam content) and omits the obvious ones- but not QUITE as much spam as Google where I find often the first half dozen pages are totally irrelevant! Duckduckgo now allows a date filter. No image search works for me. I'd like to place them higher, but they are poor at finding the pages I want.
I will not consider search engines that insist on scripting- they are, as a class, far too unreliable and prone to nasty attacks on your system- some deliberate and some just irresponsible. Gooogle as mentioned above can be very aggressive in insisting on unusable captchas, Yandex is even more aggressive! Mojeek- like Google- can sometimes be unduly defensive. I absolutely HATE websites that reject certain browsers out of hand.
Search text in Gutenberg books
Search on the first 100k or so of the text in books held by Project Gutenberg using this subset from Google:
Retrieve Gutenberg Book
Items on Archive.org
This is to search for a book or tv or radio programme- this form searches the "meta" tags used eg "bbc" "drama" "treasure island" and so on, you can use several at a time.
Texts on Archive.org
This is a beta search of texts held on archive.org. To limit the results use a long quote and put in quotation marks "something like this example".
Search BBC Program Index
Tidy youtube search
At present Youtube is very hostile to who it serves its pages to, refusing old browsers and requiring scripting enabled. Here is a rather simpler search you can use, using "Invideous" coding.
Type the video you are looking for in the input box below the word "INVIDEOUS" when the page comes up.
Easy to select date period, length and so on.
Invideous Japan does not need a proxy- ignore the Japanese and use the search box as usual. When you have selected your video there is even a DOWNLOAD button to use....select 360p or 720p as you prefer.
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