Good search engines that search the "invisible" Web?
June 16, 2004 6:33 AM   Subscribe

Does anyone know of any good search engines that search the "invisible" Web? I'm bored with google and it's like, and I am particularly interested in search engines that can offer me something a little more scholarly to chomp on. (Not that I don't love google anymore.)
posted by archimago to Computers & Internet (12 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
posted by smackfu at 6:50 AM on June 16, 2004

Well, the big hell about the invisible web is that if it were easily searchable, it wouldn't be invisible. That said, two resources that are good for poking into it, are The Invisible Web directory [where you'll need to limit by specialty you are interested in] and, same guy, different interface, Direct Search [a bit old]. The smarties at SearchEngineWatch have a couple more suggestions.
posted by jessamyn at 6:57 AM on June 16, 2004

yahoo recently signed up with a few scholarly databases and it should now pull its search results from them.

the next big battle for the search engines will probably be in the invisible web. Yahoo's already started but I'm sure that google has something up their sleeves.
posted by Stynxno at 7:17 AM on June 16, 2004

I occasionally poke around the Social Science Research Network, particularly the Legal Scholarship Network. It's got a ton of interesting and current papers. At least in the legal network, more and more professors are using SSRN to disseminate working papers in order to receive comments and generate buzz in the prepublication stage.
posted by monju_bosatsu at 8:29 AM on June 16, 2004

FindArticles combines the scholary with the inane by searching only publications.
posted by bkeaggy at 9:15 AM on June 16, 2004

anyone care to explain the 'invisible web'
posted by mhaw at 9:21 AM on June 16, 2004

mhaw: Wikipedia to the rescue.
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 9:36 AM on June 16, 2004

posted by specialk420 at 12:02 PM on June 16, 2004

Wanna get into the really invisible web? Go here.
posted by *burp* at 2:00 PM on June 16, 2004

Citeseer is pretty good for searching academic papers.
posted by rainking at 2:46 PM on June 16, 2004

Turbo10 can be quite good, though it is also some work to set up.
posted by vers at 3:02 PM on June 16, 2004

Response by poster: thanx!!!
posted by archimago at 3:19 PM on June 16, 2004

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