12 Cool Sites and Tools for Searchers

From time to time, SearchDay takes quick looks at interesting search-related sites, services and tools. While you'll want to consider adding many of these to your search toolkit, others are just for fun.

This particular roundup is heavy on browser companions and add-ons that must be downloaded prior to use.

123FYI is a desktop database of more than 2,000 up-to-date reference, research, and information websites in 49 categories, selected by professional researchers. Some of these are Invisible Web resources, difficult to find otherwise.

Albert Searcher
Albert is a multi-lingual demo of a site search product. This online version appears to be essentially a natural language interface for the FAST database.

The Clicksearch toolbar integrates seamlessly into your browser and gives you one-click access to numerous search functions on the Web, including stock quotes, search engines, local weather, movie show times, TV listings, reference sites, more.

Cogitum Co-Citer
Cogitum Co-Citer is a tool for creating collections of texts from the Internet. It automatically captures the selected text, its Internet address, its title and date of adding to the database.

Comet Cursor Search
Comet Cursor Search gives you free and easy access to the American Heritage Dictionary, Britannica .com's encyclopedia, price comparisons, stock quotes, and results from your favorite search engines.

Copernic Shopper Basic
Copernic Shopper basic searches stores in the United States, Canada, France, Germany and the United Kingdom, providing comparative pricing, product reviews, merchant ratings, more.

Hutchinson Dictionary of Difficult Words
Do you want to avoid being verbigerative and be succinct instead? Search the Hutchinson Dictionary of Difficult Words' A-Z index of over 13,900 difficult words to increase your vocabulary or just find out what those words really mean!

Ithaki 4 KiDs
Metasearch for the little ones: Ithaki 4 KiDs searches Dmoz Kids, Yahooligans, FactMonster, ArtKidsRule, AolKids, AppuKids, Discovery School, and SuperKids.

LookWayUp is a browser add-on that lets you highlight text and search for the meaning of a word or a phrase, search for it on the same page, or the web using your favorite search engine. It formulates a query that not only contains the word or phrase, but also adds in some keywords that it extracts from the page.

METoolBar is like a Swiss Army Knife, offering metasearch of 40 different search engines at once, a language translator, news, a spam filter, a links manager, and some useful network tools including ping, trace, DNS lookup, finger, and a whois utility.

SurfSafely.com is a family friendly web directory that only allows PICS (the W3C's Platform for Internet Content Selection specification) labeled sites in the index.

WebLens offers access to over 4,500 Internet research tools and resources. It's the companion site for writer Pam Blackstone's weekly technology column for the Victoria Times-Colonist newspaper.

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