Dogpile, one of the most popular
metasearch engines on the Web, was launched in 1996. It is currently
operated by InfoSpace, which recently streamlined its interface, giving it a
new look and features. Using innovative metasearch
technology, Dogpile searches the Web via the Internet's top search engines (see list
below), claiming to fetch, with one single click,
the best results
from its combined pool of search engine sources. (Note: Although it
now labels "sponsored links" these are interspersed throughout the
results listings and are not always easy to spot. See the
"sponsored by" note on the URL line.) Dogpile also displays
result links on the right-hand side of the
results page for clustering and refining searches even
further. Thus, the searcher can drill down into narrower subtopics
without having to use advanced search tools. For the intrepid researcher,
however, Dogpile also offers an Advanced search page.
- Google (search engine)
- Yahoo! Search (directory / search engine)
- Ask.com (search engine)
- MSN Search (search engine)
- MIVA (e-commerce directory)
- LookSmart (directory)
- Supports only those features already supported by the engines used in the
- Displays separate search links for "Images," "Audio,"
"Video," "News," "White Pages," and "Yellow Pages"
- Supports Boolean-type searches for "all of these words,"
"the exact phrase," any of these words," or "none of these
- Supports searching by language
- Supports searching by date, to find sites updated after a certain date, before a
certain date, and between two dates
- Supports searching by domain, to include or exclude results from different domains, e.g., "com" or "edu"
- Provides adult filter, to include or exclude explicit content from searches
- Labels individual sponsored results, generally listing them first -- so,
be sure to SCROLL DOWN!
- Displays a search refining box on right-hand side of results page ("Are you looking for?") to help cluster and refine
searches even further. Another box shows recently completed searches.
To see how the clustering effect works, go to the
Basic search page,
and search for:
Note the "Are you looking for?" box that appears on the right-hand side of the results page to see how you can cluster
your results to better suit your search needs.
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Last updated by E. Chamberlain, Thursday September 07, 2006