Specialized Search Tools
These search tools focus on a specific topic or region. Their
information is often much more detailed than generic search tools.
The well-known search tools (e.g. Yahoo,
google) are generic. There are
many specialized databases that concentrate on a specific topic. In this
section, I highlight some of these databases to illustrate
how these databases can contain a wealth of a data that cannot be reached by
search engines such as google.
You are invited to try some of these specialized resources. When you
get the results from one of these sites, think if you would have been able
to get the same information from google
old.wikimapia.org - Set "map type"
to "google maps" ; Zoom out, recenter, zoom-in adn eventualy set
"map types" to "wikimapia classic" See also
wikimapia's help page, wikimapia's blog,
Maps for Driving: maps.yahoo.com.
- You can drag the route to explore options.
maps.google.com - try the street view
Want to stop at Mcdonalds
along the way? Go to
page and select McDonalds Trip Planner.
Phone book: Anywho to look up
all your neighbors (based on street) or to do a reverse look-up. Un-listed
people might still be online through local real estate tax records (e.g.
Library of Congress - Full text searching
of current and past legislation.
Government Printing Office - The GPO
Access for advanced search capabilities of the Federal Register and
other key resources.
internet movie database - Very extensive!
Collegenet - College Search Engine
Live Local - "birds eye" images of your house!
Google Scholar - meta-searches many
zillow.com - shows house prices embedded
within satellite imagery
Realtor.com - Online access to over
300 MLS's Nationwide. Domania - shows the actual sales price on your entire street during the past 10 years.
Live tracking of airline
Sex offenders registry -
list of other state registries.
Unclaimed property - links to each state to
search for unclaimed bank acounts, utility deposits, etc.
PIPL, = people search engines
Knowx - An extensive source of public
records - this is a fee-based service.
Your Local Public library may provide you online access to many PAY sites
using your library ID card. (example:
archive.org - try the wayback machine to
see how websites used to look since 1996.
spokeo - a meta search engine for
Twitter searches: Topsy,
tineye - serarches images
- Kompass.com - info on 4 million
Solusource - a
data base of manufacturers (formerly Thomas Register)
data base of thousands of trade shows and conference events..
EDGAR Database for US
Continue exploring with this list of country-specific
Note for my Alumni: Your referrals are always appreciated