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For some reason tries to use POST when they require GET and the result on my system is an unfriendly error message. I have modified their form for your use at a translation form on my reference page (at the bottom). The only serious change is from method POST to GET and it works. Google have been told but merely say it works for them as is. I'm not the only one...

When researching on the internet, try not to limit yourself to one search engine. There are very few useable search engines left. I will not use any that insist on javascript. Search engines regularly modify their algorithms to reduce hijacked results (sometimes works, sometimes makes things worse!) so your favourite today could serve you junk tomorrow (and be back to best next month).
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. Don't use links to Ask, I find them quite objectionable, useless pages.
I have found it advantageous to try some of the other search engines below.

IXQuick.Startpage NOTE: There are now TWO different IX QUICKs. The top one is IXQUICK.EU which seems to still be a meta engine, the second one is IXQUICK.COM which is now STARTPAGE and appears to be Google only. The .com version has no setting for using other search engines.
My links will give 20 results per page and the main links are to highlighted pages with a proxy page also available. If you choose the proxy page (not available on all websites) you will not be able to use forms or javascript. In both highlighted and proxy pages you can go directly to the page with unhighlight or unproxy at top right.
First the EU version.

EU IXQuick
Secure search with Ixquick EU One of the search engines I really like is ixquick which also offers a good image search.
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Now the US version which may be different as regards results, depending only on Google - this version has less foreign language pages and offers a "UK Sites" option.
Secure earch with Ixquick Startpage One of the search engines I really like is ixquick (aka Startpage) which also offers a good image search.
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Search Yahoo Search for:
Yahoo uses Bing which is MS. This form uses https. BING (below) completely misses pages out which ARE listed by Yahoo! whereas Yahoo can be irrelevant. I prefer to have the page I want listed so Bing goes down the list...

Search with DuckDuckGo
DuckDuckGo tried to be a replacement search engine but becomes ever harder to use. Now you can't set anything without javascript! The interface is supremely cut down... but you can't filter the results or sort by date. DDG add their own filters to the results
DuckDuckGo does NOT support date sorting / filtering (yet)

This search form uses https, filters, Note that this search box uses a modified search to return web sites in English only.

Search Wikipedia
Does a wikipedia page seem to be blank? It is a long standing bug. Two work rounds- either sign in to an account OR add ?y=9 at the end of the url. (Or anything really after adding a question mark). There is a cache problem that account holders never experience.

NOTE 1: Google ONLY: Oct 2011 they stopped reacting to the plus symbol as in +must to force a word to be in a result. From now - for Google only - any term you must have "must" be in double quotes. This also prevents much of the stupid second guessing (but you can still get all the commercial spam pages in the results).
NOTE 2: BIG improvement Nov 2012: To stop Google's pigeons second guessing you and hiding the data you want, after an initial search, select "more search tools" and then select "verbatim". This forces the search engine to use exactly what you have typed, and turns off second guessing, results based on prior searches, synonyms and other hazards that hide what you really want. Note however you can search verbatim OR time period but not both. If you want "past week" together with "verbatim", tough.
3. In 2014 Google search results have reached bottom, returning hundreds of pages not even mentioning my search terms. Their algorithm has been amended to hopeless. I am now forced to use Bing to find what I want. About Google Verbatim

Specialist Searches

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:
Google Full Text (enter phrases "in quotes"):

Texts on
Search full text of books on

This is a beta search of texts held on To limit the results use a long quote and put in quotation marks "something like this example".

Find an old copy of a website on The Wayback Machine Enter a URL and receive EITHER the last cached version of the page (may be a few years old) or if not available, then the latest live page. (and is frequently not available but reappears after a bit.
If you hit the Show All button it will only show you a page if there is one in cache, otherwise you will have to select LATEST. Works best with graphics on

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