Information is power. That’s why we need to equip ourselves with search engines. Google is not enough when it comes to some specific fields. Here’s your Information Age primer for other search engines.

1. niice

Coming up with ideas on demand is hard. Niice is a tool to help you find that spark. Inspiration comes in many forms, from many sources. With Niice you can search them all at once, including the ones you hadn’t thought of.

I personally use this search engine to look for all kinds of illustrations. It’s way much better than Google Images.

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2. midomi

Midomi is the ultimate music search tool because it is powered by your voice. Sing, hum, or whistle to instantly find your favorite music and connect with a community that shares your musical interests.

It’s really annoying when a piece of melody just came to me and I really have no idea what that song is. It feels like my memory and my OCD are torturing me together. Midomi is quite handy with these situations.

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Although is a personal, non-profit project, it is one of the largest online exhibitions among the Russian websites. (It supports English, too.) The exhibition is replenished on a continual basis.

If you are working on a paper on the history of art, you might want to revisit some of those masterpieces here. From Da Vinci to Monet, from Rembrandt to Cézanne, you’ll be amazed by the amount of collections here. Of course they will not be as good as the actual pieces, (and please don’t expect to get into details such as the strokes,) but you’ll get a sense of the topics and style of these artists.

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4. icerocket

The interface is straightforward. Once you click in, you will know this search engine is specializing in real-time search of blogs, Twitter posts and Facebook posts.

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5. topsy

Search and Analyze the Social Web.

This is also a real-time search engine. You can locate links, tweets, photos, videos and “influencers” on social media. It also offers real-time social analytics and social trends. For those who are ambitious to write popular blog posts, this might be the go-to site for ideas.

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6. mobento

We’re a video learning platform. Education is being transformed by technology. At the heart of the change is video.

Live and learn!

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7. pptfinder

This is a PowerPoint search engine based on Google custom search. All results are free to download.

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8. mocavo

Discovering your family history should be easy.

This is a family tree search engine. Try find your ancestors!

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9. is a free service created by Urban Pixels that allows you to search across the most popular streaming, rental, and purchase services to find where a movie is available.

Yeah, movie fans, today is your lucky day.

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10. itools

Use the best tool for the job. We find and share the best tools to get whatever you want done. Simply.

In short, this is a search engine for search engines.

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(Photo on the home page: Brian Talbot/Flickr)

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