Metasearch Engine

Definition

A search engine that displays results from multiple search engines.

Information

Spelling varies – metasearch or meta search.

Many, if not most, search destinations include results from a combination of sources, but not all are metasearch engines. In non-metasearch engines, there may be primary listings and secondary listings. The secondary listings serve as a backup to enhance the search coverage… or as a premium (paid) service to enhance the search engine’s revenue. These additional listings may or may not be clearly distinguished as being outside the primary results.

At a metasearch destination, the visitor is usually made aware of the fact that there are many sources of search information. Typically, no one source dominates, but there are several ways to display the results. Listings may be grouped by the source (i.e. Dogpile), scrambled from all the sources (i.e. Mamma), or clustered and ranked (i.e. Ixquick).


Synonyms

all-in-one search engine

Related Terms

search engine

Sites

Ixquick Metasearch

dmoz.org : Search Engines : Metasearch Tools

Yahoo : Search the Web : All-In-One Search Pages

Articles

The Meta Search Engines: A Web Searcher’s Best Friends
Web Design In New York (September 9, 2002)

Meta-Search Engines?
ClickZ (January 2, 2002)

Meta Search Or Meta Ads?
Search Engine Watch (May 23, 2001)

Getting Found by Metasearch
ClickZ (October 4, 2000)

Movement in Metasearch
Search Engine Watch (May 3, 2000)

Meta-Search Engines: When to Use and Not Use Them?
www.lib.berkeley.edu : MetaSearch (April 2000)

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