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bare bones lesson 12: Clusty

 

 


CLUSTY :   A closer look

DESCRIPTION:

Clusty is a metasearchers that returns results from multiple sources with one query. It is an outgrowth of Vivisimo, a search engine created in 2000 by computer science researchers at Carnegie Mellon University. Clusty began its life as a demo search box on Vivisimo's corporate Web site. By 2004, it had become so popular, it superceded the original Vivisimo search engine. Clusty incorporates Vivisimo's unique concept of "clustering" search results by topic, allowing the user to focus on specific categories or related fields of information and to avoid the overload problem of sorting through too many results. In addition to basic Web searching, Clusty offers users dedicated search tabs for News, Images, Shopping, Wikipedia, Blogs, and Jobs. There is a link to an Advanced searching page, where you can check boxes allowing you to include results from Web sites not offered by other metasearchers, such as major news media sources and government and business sites.

SEARCHES IN:

  • Ask     (Search Engine)
  • GigaBlast     (Search Engine)
  • LookSmart     (Directory)
  • MSN     (Search Engine)
  • Open Directory     (Directory)
  • Wisenut     (Search Engine)

SEARCH OPTIONS:

Main Page

  • Supports those features already supported by the engines used in the search
  • Also supports use of (-) for negation and quotes ("") for phrases
  • Offers option to open links in "full window," "frame," or "new window"

Advanced Page

  • Provides option to set results list at 100, 200 or 500 at a time
  • Provides option to set "time out" time
  • Allows searches by host, language, and file type
  • Allows searches to turn off/on filtering feature for offensive content

OTHER SEARCH OPTIONS AND FEATURES:

  • Provides both results lists and "clustered results" by subject
  • Prefaces results list with news and sponsored results
  • Culls results from a combination of search engines and subject directories
  • Translates search requests into each participating engine's syntax

ASSIGNMENT:

Go to the main page, and search for:

WMD

Check out the "Clustered Results" listings for suggestions on additional related topics or narrowing your search further.


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[Table of Contents] [Search Engines] [Metasearchers] [Subject Directories] [Gateways & Databases] [Evaluating Web Pages] [Search Strategies] [Search Tips] [Boolean Operators] [Field Searching] [Troubleshooting] [Ask] [Clusty] [Dogpile] [GigaBlast] [Google] [MSN Search] [Yahoo!] [Graveyard] [Final Exam] [Beyond Bones] [User Agreement]

Last updated by E. Chamberlain,Thursday October 09, 2014