“How worn and dusty, then, must be the highways of the world, how deep the ruts of tradition and conformity! I did not wish to take a cabin passage, but rather to go before the mast and on the deck of the world, for there I could best see the moonlight amid the mountains. I do not wish to go below now.”—Henry David Thoreau, from Walden

When you want to search the web, what is the search engine of choice?  For most of us, it is Google.  Certainly, Google features many great tools, but like anything else, it is easy to become comfortable and get stuck in a “rut”.  Why not venture out and try some lesser known but effective search engines that can give you different results? 

I came across this great article in July about alternate search engines to try besides Google!  You can visit this slideshow to learn more about these search engines and even give them a test drive!  I am still playing with the “Magnificent 11” as of right now (in my spare time, LOL!), but Clusty is the one I particularly like—you can view results by “cluster” (which is a type of subject heading or tag system), sources, and type of web source (such as .gov, .com, .edu., etc.).

When you get a moment, play around with some of these engines and let me know what you think!