Search engines are basically used to find information on the Internet although they vary in terms of popularity. Today, some of the most popular search engines are the more generic ones such as Google, Yahoo and Bing, where users can search for just about anything. Considering their popularity, one can be forgiven for being unaware of the fact that search engines can also vary in terms of functionality. Indeed, several specialised search engines exist alongside the more popular generic ones. Gone are the days of super search engines such as 37.com which combined resources to serve the user with the best possible result, pulled from various smaller engines, at the time. Today, the less known search engines have devised a suitable formula or algorithm backed by modern technology to deliver reliable and specialised results to a niche group of users. In this article, we highlight 5 of the most unusual specialist search engines that are designed to provide search results to a more targeted groups of users.
With Wolfram|Alpha you don’t have to be a geek to find answers to some of the ‘most difficult’ mathematical questions and conversions you could possibly think of. Described by some as a “statistics engine”, this search engine was designed to carry out dynamic and often complex computations based on an array of built-in data, algorithms, models, and methods. When it comes to its aim of “bringing broad, deep, and expert-level systematic knowledge anytime, anywhere, Wolfram|Alpha certainly doesn’t disappoint.
MP3Skull provides a useful way to find free mp3 songs and albums to download and listen to. The search engine’s database consist of millions of quality mp3 links designed to be safe and relevant to users. In addition, users can also play/listen to their music online or download an MP3Skull radio toolbar for easy and quick access.
Frugaa is a kind of ‘money-saving’ search engine that provide users with access to coupons, codes, and deals on a vast array of products. Users of this search engine can find the current working promo codes, sales and reviews on some of their favourite products including jewelry, home supplies, fashion and electronics. Frugaa’s search results are based on its direct relationship with thousands of online stores across the world wide wide.
The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
Scientific researchers will particularly find the DOAJ search engine useful. It provides access to several scientific journals and millions of articles for free. By indexing and providing free access to quality open access, peer-reviewed journals students and professionals such as university lecturers can use the search engine as a fantastic online research resource for their study.
If finding, buying or reading e-books is your thing, then Inkmesh is your search engine. Inkmesh is a search engine that help users find free and paid ebooks. It also features a price comparison service whereby users can compare prices of their favourite ebooks on different readers. Searches can also be conducted via Subjects e.g. Business, Adventure, Romance etc or Platforms e.g. Smashwords, Baen, Nook and Kindle.