Archive for the ‘Search Engines’ Category


June 28, 2011

This is the U.S. government’s official search engine. Since Google UncleSam has disappeared use this as it searches 50 million pages from federal, state, local, territorial, and tribal websites. Click on the image or go to the website or try out the Advanced Search option.

GPO Access Changing to FDsys

June 13, 2011

The Government Printing Office’s search interface is being changed and updated. Go to FDsys (Federal Digital System) to search for government publications or to browse collections.


Google UncleSam Gone

June 12, 2011

In case you missed the non-announcement Google has stopped supporting the Google UncleSam (or U.S. Government Search). I’ve created a custom search that limits to .gov, .mil and .state sites which will mimic in part the Google UncleSam search.

Try it out:

There is a search box called U.S. and State Government Search in several of my LibGuides. Try it out by going to the Comm 1000 Libguide — the search box is in the first column. Contact me if you have any questions or comments.


Is it “Cuiler” than Google?

July 28, 2008

There’s a new search engine in town that claims to search over 120 billion webpages and it’s Cuil (pronounced cool). Try it out.

The results come back clean and in 2 or 3 columns. So far I’ve seen no advertising and Wikipedia articles did not float to the top. The category links are nice but sometimes give you strange results. Also, I’ve gotten no hits found for “Auburn University Libraries” but hits with “Auburn University AND Libraries”.

UPDATE (7/31/08): Just been back in and “Auburn University Libraries” is working as a search. Again, there are some strange results. Like: why is a picture of The 2004 Mascot Challenge paired with information about the library and why is the Russell group (UK institutions) number two in the categories list. Here’s a search on “Stem Cells“. I think you’ll be pleased with the results list.