The information you retrieve on the Web is highly dependent on which search engine you use. Every search engine covers various parts of the web, indexing it’s own unique information. As a recruiter, in order to access the most information, it is important to use a variety of search engines. The problem is, as IT recruiters we are extremely busy and don’t always have the time to go to 5 or 6 different search engines and create various Boolean search strings. So what’s the solution? This is where metasearch engines come to our rescue.

Your search engine has all the answersWhat is a metasearch engine?

A metasearch engine is an online search tool that scans multiple search engines at the same time. By using a metasearch engine we scan various data sources and the results are all amalgamated.

My favourite metasearch engines

1) PolyMeta is a metasearch engine that allows you to choose which search engines to scan. It scans various search engines including Google, Yahoo and Bing. It also allows you to focus your search to the Web, News, Images, Twitter, Video or Blogs.

2) Zuula is another metasearch engine that allows you to choose which search engines to scan. It scans various search engines including Google, Yahoo, Bing and Exalead.

3) eTools.ch is a metasearch engine which scans 12 different data sources including Google and Bing.

What are the limitations?

Metasearch engines do not self-regulate. When entering search strings, you must create your syntax based on the limitations of all of the sites you are searching. When creating your Boolean search string for metasearch engines, you want to create a string that is feasible on every search engine you are choosing to search.

Limitations and Commands of Search Engines

CommandGoogleBingYahooAsk
ANDSpaceSpaceSpaceSpace
OROR or |OR or |OROR
NOT
“”“exact phrase”“exact phrase”“exact phrase”“exact phrase”
()(OR)(OR)(OR)(OR)
++exactwordNANANA
Word in the Titleintitle:intitle:intitle:intitle:
Word in the URLinurl:NANANA
Site Searchsite:site:site:site:

 

Test a few of the metasearch engines and see which one is your favourite. I would love to hear your feedback. Join me next week for more great tips! 

 

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