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Christopher Brennan Library: Search Engines


Use the box below to search the catalogue to find books available in the Christopher Brennan Library. 

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Take a look in the Christopher Brennan Library for books that will supplement your learning and understanding of using the Internet and creating a 'Smart Search'

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search engine is an information retrieval system designed to help find information stored on a computer system. The search results are usually presented in a list and are commonly called hits. Most people only use Google to search for information, but did you know there are many other search engines available on the Internet? Check out the list of Search Engines below.

Useful Weblinks

Check out Google's Inside Search Site to learn more about how search works. A fabulous insite beghind the act of Googling. 

Ask a question, get an answer. But what happens in between? Here you can follow the entire life of a search query, from the web, to crawling and indexing, to algorithmic ranking and serving, to fighting webspam.

It searches only the 35,000 Web sites that research experts and librarians and teachers have evaluated and approved when creating the content . The staff of Sweet Search constantly evaluate the search results and "fine-tune" them, by increasing the ranking of Web sites from reputable organizations.

Carrot2 is an Open Source Search Results Clustering Engine. It can automatically organize small collections of documents (search results but not only) into thematic categories. Some of the features include a multi level, interactive pie chart called Circles and a Tree Map with non rectangular layout, both perfect for visual learners.


instaGrok is an innovative educational search engine that combines sophisticated semantic technology with an interactive user interface to make learning more engaging, personalized and fun for everyone. This search engine is free for students and teachers, just log in with your Riverview Google Account.


Alpha is more than a search engine. It gives you access to the world's facts and data and calculates answers across a range of topics, including science and maths. It is an online service that answers factual queries directly by computing the answer from externally sourced "curated data", rather than providing a list of documents or web pages that might contain the answer. Highly recommended by students!

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Introducing the Knowledge Graph