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Google keyword search ranking tool will have you nerding out.

How to Search Closed Captioning on YouTube

GIJN Toolbox: Searching Social Media

Google’s Year in Search 2020

Google Advanced Search Operators

Who Posted What
Non-public Facebook keyword search.


Daniel Russell’s Google Search Site
Search tips and tricks galore.

Google Search Operators
Search shortcuts and hacks from Daniel Russell.

Google’s Search Tips
Guidelines for using Google and other search engines.

Google’s Year in Search 2020

Sarah Marshall: Google Search Tips for Journalists

Google: Good To Know

Facebook Search Tool: People Findthor
Search by employment past/present, relationship status, etc.
Location-based search.
A non-public Facebook keyword search for people who work in the public interest. It allows you to search keywords on specific dates. You are granted access because of your work.

Photo Find App
Navigate to the exact place a photo was taken.

For more training videos, visit our YouTube page.

Duck Duck Go
Used by many journalists because the search engine vows to protect your privacy by not tracking your search history.

Used by many journalists because the search engine vows to protect your privacy by not tracking your search history.
Google keyword search ranking tool will have you nerding out.

China’s most popular search engine.

Russia’s most popular search tool.

Organizes searches into folders and groups similar items together.
A non-public Facebook keyword search for people who work in the public interest. It allows you to search keywords on specific dates. You are granted access because of your work.

Search to see where source code appears on various sites.

Rocket Reach
Chrome extension that allows you to look up email addresses.
Detailed info. on search engines.

Whatcha_got (Github Repo)
A command line tool that lets you do keyword searches of public data portals without knowing which data sets are available or what fields they contain. For example, you could search Chicago’s data portal for the address of a business and the name of its owner, and get results from inspections, lobbyist records, contracts, etc. It accepts multiple keywords and removes duplicate records. You could then run the same search on a different city/state/entity as long as they also use Socrata.
Full of tips and other resources.

Power Tips for Using Search Engines

Google Labs
Check out Google technologies in development.

Library of Congress: Newspaper Navigator: Photos
Search 1.56 million historic newspaper photos using this free tool.

Google Hot Trends
Track what people are searching for on the web.

PC Magazine’s Undiscovered Websites: Info, Reference and Search
From November, 2007, a great collection of sites that provide shortcuts on the web.

Google Advanced Search Operators

Who Posted What
Non-public Facebook keyword search.

How to Search Closed Captioning on YouTube

Nitter: Anonymous Twitter Search

Altavista Real Searches
Top recent searches in specific categories. Best of the Web
Tracks trends in many e-industries and includes lists of links.

Links2go: Journalism

Google Person Finder

ProgrammableWeb: API Directory
Search the largest API directory on the web.

Google Search Trends
Tracks patterns and search queries.

News about search marketing and search engines.

Where Does Journalism Belong in an AI-Powered Ecosystem

Twitter List Copy Tool
Copy over a Twitter list from another account.

Tool to manage your Twitter lists.


Creative Commons rights-free image search
Search more than 300 million images that you can use without risk of being sued.

14 Google Tools You Didn’t Know Existed

Google Blog Search Tool

Google Adwords Keyword Search Tool
Find the best search terms for a given story.

Google Books
Search for words and phrases in more than 5 million books.

GIJN Toolbox: Searching Social Media
Search tool scans thousands of blogs. Search by directory or by posts.
Offers a specialty blog aggregator designed to help busy editors and news execs keep an eye on the blog conversation about the future of news. It offers a targeted search engine that will let you search all the blogs included, a daily digest of what news stories the news innovation blogs are linking to, excerpts of the latest posts (updated every 15 minutes) and links to the posts where the most robust discussions are going on in comments.

Put in the URL of a page you want to keep tabs on and it automatically checks to see if the content has changed.
Blogging Network is the easiest way to blog and the only site where you earn money blogging. You’ll get readers right away, since your blog is automatically listed in the Blogging Network directory. The blogging system has a full set of features, from Microsoft Word-like rich text editing and up-to-date search to customizable templates and syndicated headlines. All you need is a Web browser — there is no software to download.

SearchEngineLand: What is SEO?
Video explains what search engine optimization is and how it works.

Google Trends Frightgeist: Most Popular Halloween Costumes

A search tool that pulls results from social-networking sites such as MySpace, Facebook or LinkedIn. The site also pulls results from other sites where users keep public profiles.

MSNBC: Weblog Central
The site claims is “serves as a perch from which you can observe and participate in the brave new world of personal news.” Will Femia writes a daily Blogspotting Weblog.
Lets users create blogs.

Twitter Search
Look up thousands of Twitter feeds.

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Needs no introduction.

Who Tweeted It First
Enter search keywords, or even a link, and we’ll find the first tweet that contains that term. Use search operators or put everything in “double quotes” for an exact match.
Find the person behind a username, email address or phone number.

Google Person Finder

Google Crisis Map
Defaults to the most recent crisis.

Google News Archive Search
Search newspapers, magazines and article databases such as Factiva, LexisNexis, etc.
MSN’s search tool that launched in June 2009.

Google SERP Snippet Optimizer Tool


Google Scholar
Doctored photos.

Microsoft Academic
This search engine pulls images and video from all kinds of news resources. Browse by category, etc.

Yahoo! Next
Shows what tools are in beta and coming soon.
A search engine for movie clips online.

News Lookup
A great global search tool that lets you search by nation or topic.

LexisWeb Legal Search Engine

A great news search site that includes top headlines of the day.

Google Scholar
Search journals, articles, academic papers and more.

Bates Info Tip Newsletter
Search tips.

Displays search results as an image gallery of actual Web pages.

Meta-search site.

Image meta-search site.

Searches the web for photos.

A great meta-search tool for visuals.

NCBI: Entrez
Search life sciences publications.

Myriad Search
Meta-search tool that lets you use four search engines at once.

Pandia Search Tool

Do a video or web search.
Reporters can use this to track people and news stories on more than 50 popular sites, including MySpace, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, etc.

Will search the entire web, or you can limit the search to UK-based sites.

Smashing Apps: Great Google Tricks
Cool search tips.
A great tool for analyzing and managing your search results. No plugins, logins or passwords required. You can see your results in a gallery you can pan and zoom save individual results to personalized workpads.

Search globally for radio stations and streaming sites. Magazine Article Search Engine and Directory
A search engine just for kids! Locate Original Documents Online
A guide to finding public records, etc.

Lifehacker: Top 20 Search Engine Helpers


Lifehacker: Searching the Invisible Web
This site gives users the option to receive results from 24 search engines at a time.

[email protected]: Niche Search Engines

Copyscape Plagiarism Checker
Search for copies of your page on the web. Helps you defend your site from plagiarism. Just type in your site’s web address.
Access 1.5 million articles from more than 200 sources for free.

Leadership Directories
Find leaders in government, foreign affairs, legal, media, etc.


KPLAY Search Site
Find a person’s phone number, e-mail address; find local businesses, weather, etc.

Lycos Multimedia Search

MSN Windows Live Search
Adds new tools and a new look to help compete for advanced search users.
A France-based search engine that piggybacks on Google and other engines but presents its results unconventionally: as “maps.” The results are displayed in a way that allows you to tell which sites are more important.

The site offers “transcript search” of podcasts. The site is fee-based service and allows you to search nearly all major TV networks and some local stations. The site also has a free transcript search of TV news video available on the open web from MSNBC, Reuters, etc.

Free downloadable toolbar that discovers Web sites about topics you’re interested in. More than 500 category topics to choose from. You must register, then click the “stumble upon” button.

Lets you easily share and discuss the Web and receive a real time broadcast of activity by people you like. Socialbrowse also shows you what’s good on every page by embedding small icons next to links your friends have shared or commented on, right within the page.

Search Engine Colossus: International Directory of Search Engines
This domain name search engine offers some unique features.
More than 2,000 searchable databases. Almanac Search Page

LexisWeb Legal Search Engine
A specialized directory for people and public records searching.
Grub uses the power of distributed computing to build Web searches. It automatically crawls the Web in the background, borrowing your computer’s spare clock cycles, so you won’t even notice it’s there. The download is quick, you control how much you crawl, and a screensaver shows you the real-time progress your computer is making. search site.

Track who has lifted content off your website. Just type in the URL of your site.
Search engine and online news, tools.

Pandia Search Engine for News Sites

Google Definitions
Look up a word’s definition instantly.
Search Facebook, Linkedin and other social media sites for names.
Like Google News Search, this engine finds current news from all around the Internet. It automatically searches major online national and city newspapers, newswires, magazines, trade publications and press releases.
A free online article search.

A British site with many U.S. resources. Updates every five minutes.

Search News Feeds
Searches many news feeds.

Fagan Finder
A great search tool that added several new features in May 2002. Journalists will be especially interested in the search engines, reference, news and law sections.

AltaVista Image Search

Who Tweeted It First
Enter search keywords, or even a link, and we’ll find the first tweet that contains that term. Use search operators or put everything in “double quotes” for an exact match.

Findia.Net Search
A good general search tool.

USPS: Quick Zip Code Search

Searches the web for podcasts.

Washington Post Bill Tracker
Search bills by state, voters, those who missed a vote, vote margin, etc.

FirstGov.Gov Search Database
The new database is built and powered by FAST Search and Transfer. FAST also provides the AllTheWeb engine. Limit terms by title, URL, text, state government, federal government or a specific domain.

A clipping-type tool that automatically looks for changes on web pages, any page at any level), as often as you like (every 30 minutes, hourly, daily, etc.) and then highlights precisely where on the page changes occur. Results are delivered via the tool or via e-mail.

All Law
Search engine and legal directory that has state resources.
Business search engine.

Business Publications Search Engine
Find several great topics, including Internet business, intellectual property issues, industry publications, economics, management and more.

1st Headlines
Searches current news headlines and can be refined by topic, country, breaking news.
A search time-saver: on one page, there are the search boxes for 20 of the most popular search engines. Not just links to each engine, although those links are there as well, but the actual search box for each engine.
Descibes itself as “an intelligent search engine.”


Washington World News Search
Enter country name in a database for news and Web links.
Metahoo! is an AD-FREE Web portal dedicated to simplifying the search process for its users by bringing back relevant and timely results as efficiently as possible. It offers users the ability to quickly and easily find information on the Web by searching through indexes of web documents. A user may enter a search term or terms and review a list of the best matches from all indexed Web pages.

Search texts, newsfeeds, study guides and message boards.

Powered by Google, the Web?s best search engine, it hunts down anything legal online.

An online search service for news and current events that delivers “meaning and relevance beyond traditional search and aggregation engines.”

Regret the Error
A blog that reports on corrections, retractions, clarifications, and trends regarding accuracy and honesty in North American media.

The Wayback Machine
Tied to a database of 10 billion archived Web pages that go back five years. See what old and defunct sites looked like. Heavy use, so download may be slow.
Downloadable software that makes searching the Web easier. The site has many Web search tools.

The Cybercafe Search Engine

A search engine for podcast.

She Knows Search Engine
A women’s resource search tool: arts, business, education, parenting, health/fitness, finance and more.
Billed as the ultimate Elvis search engine and site directory, this is your Internet guide to the King.


How They Work: Submit keywords in the search box, and it transmits your search simultaneously to several individual search engines, subject directories and their databases of Web pages.
Billed as the “mother of all search engines,” this tool keeps it simple.
Provides three types of results: 1) a listing of Web links; 2) clustering related links into categories; 3) “expert links” that bring together resources on specific topics. It removes duplicate links as well, thus speeding your search.

This site searches Alta Vista,, Direct Hit, EuroSeek, Excite, Fast Search, Google, GoTo, HotBot, , Lycos, Magellan, MSN Web, Netscape Netcenter, Open Directory, Snap, Web Crawler,Yahoo! and some international sites.
A metasearch thats search of Altavista, Fast & Wisenut.

Various search tools, people locator.

Surfs about 15 search engines and directories.

AOL, AltaVista, , EuroSeek, Excite, FindWhat, MSN, alltheweb, GoTo, Hotbot, Yahoo! Translates your search into each search engine’s syntax.

Searches AltaVista and some minor databases.

A guide to the Web guides. This site makes it convenient to use many search tools all in one place.
Good for general keyword searches.


Homeland Security Digital Library
Search engine allows you to scan more than 30 homeland security blogs.


Info – Encyclopedia and Reference Resource
Browse articles in all areas of topics within Earth & Environment, History, Literature & Arts, Health & Medicine, People, Philosophy & Religion, Places, Plants & Animals, Science & Technology, Social Science, Law, Sports, Everyday Life, and more. Includes Country Studies and North America Gazetteer.
A dialogue-based format where search terms can be placed in natural language style.

Allows you to search products by brand, price and location. Created in Lebanon.
Contains a series of well-organized forms enabling one-click searching of Google’s most powerful features, from mathematical calculations to language translation.

National Portrait Gallery Searchable Database
Search for all of their pieces by artist, title, etc.
Click on advanced search button.

Scout Report Signpost
More than 8,000 of the best internet resources chosen by Scout Report.
Helps you find any online newspaper in the world.

RhymeZone Shakespeare Search Engine

West Egg ClicheFinder Search Engine
More than 3,300 indexed cliches. Look them up and edit them out of stories.


How They Work: These are databases and online tools that the search engines and subject directories often miss. They’re great for finding powerful databases and research on a a variety of topics.

HyperStat Searchable Stats Database
Powered by Rice University. Database Links
Links to almost 5,000 public records databases. Claims to be the largest free collection of public records databases on the Web.


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