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Last week we covered some fun Google Easter Eggs Google's Top 10 Hidden Treasures Google's Top 10 Hidden Treasures Read More , that you can find while browsing the site.   This week, to take a more academic approach, we are going to cover 7 almost unknown specialized Google search engines that can be used for specialized consumer and academic research.

Also included in this realm, but not within this post are [NO LONGER WORKS] Google Video, Pictures, News and Blogs which most users will already be familiar with so we have not included them in the list below.

Google Patent Search

Its amazing that a database like this exists, but most people don’t even know about it.   Google has taken it upon themselves to fully index and cross-reference over 7 million patents of past and present.   Complete with drawings, cross references and similarities to other patents, there are many lifetimes of explorations to be had.

For example, you can see Albert Einstein’s patent application for a blouse or John Logie Baird’s application for the device which would later go on to become the world’s first television set.   There are many more.

Google Scholar

Google Scholar is an interesting experiment with mixed results as it can bring you information about books and academic articles related to your topic of deep query.  However sometimes the results that it finds will either be behind an academic password/pay wall or be a link to a book which is not available online. Nevertheless it is a great research point for deep interest on a subject.

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Google Books

Already known to many, Google Books has taken the liberty to scan and partially make available online thousands of books.   Their system is very interesting as they allow you to view certain pages of a book at any one time (usually about 20% of the book).

However if you really want to see the book and not buy it through one of Google’s affiliate links then you can reload the page from a different IP address and different sections of the book will show up.   Keep doing this until you get the whole work.   Also note that they have quite the database of magazines as well under similar terms.

Google Catalogs

Yes they are mad information monsters.  Google has went ahead and scanned almost every print catalog they can find.   Need to check that Sears Catalog and don’t have your copy handy?  Don’t worry Google has it all ready for you online.

Google Products

Yes, Google has a price comparison engine as well.   Enter any product that you are looking for and Google will show you hundreds of places to buy it and the lowest price.  They just want the whole pie.

Google University Search

Not as much as a custom database as the others, but more of a help for students and faculty.  Google University Search allows easy filtering and searching of resources from various US Universities.

US Government Search

Not of much use to our friends overseas, though don’t worry, I am sure they are indexing as we speak.  Google has a specially filtered US Government search engine to help you find that information you need without all the noise.

What sources do you use (can be non-Google) to research and find specialty information?   Do you use a source that does the job better than the engines mentioned above?    If so please leave it in the comment section.

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  1. Erik
    November 17, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    Is there anyone who knows of a cross-reference search engine?
    Like in: I have these five words, what do they have in common? Ping!
    answer can be sent at edevgm@gmail.com
    Thanx
    Erik

  2. Nilimesh
    January 15, 2010 at 11:51 am

    it is really a great site for this kind of posts!
    this is absolutely a nice article....

  3. iddaa
    May 8, 2009 at 4:10 am

    Most of these I didn’t know existed, good post.

  4. Charlie
    February 15, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    Amazing info which I will never need to know or will ever put in to use, just the way I like it!

    Facts, facts, facts!

  5. Stephen
    February 1, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    "Google has went ahead"?

    Are you Chris Waddle?

    • aggh!
      February 5, 2009 at 5:17 am

      Channel Nine......
      (lets be honest, only 3% of the bandwith round here is going to know who Chris Waddle is - but good spot anyways!)

  6. Geoserv
    February 1, 2009 at 11:45 am

    Most of these I didn't know existed, good post.

  7. Don Wilson
    January 20, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    I didn't realize there were so many Google search engine options. Why should I be so surprised, though. Google has become the one stop shop for the whole internet.

  8. modina
    January 19, 2009 at 5:31 am

    good thing

  9. jainuddin sinaga
    January 12, 2009 at 3:19 am

    thanks you so muach...

  10. will
    December 29, 2008 at 11:29 am

    I have heard of most of them but you got me with the patent and catalog ones. Good post! :)

  11. abhishek
    December 26, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    Thanks buddy !!

  12. Jess
    December 26, 2008 at 10:38 am

    With Google Scholar you can access some of the password protcted pages if you use a library computer or a uni one as they have certain subscriptions - I would have never got through my degree without it!

  13. Jane
    December 23, 2008 at 12:27 am

    Thanks. I don't know we can search school with Google featured search - University Search.

  14. Felix
    December 22, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    Can I add Google group search which searches forum as well as USENET groups now! For those of you not aware, searching through forum can be a powerful way of finding relevant information. Check out my blog post search1x.com/2008/10/19/how-to-find-your-answer-in-other-peoples-discussions/ How To Find Your Answer In Other People’s Discussions to find out more!

  15. Nostril Soup
    December 22, 2008 at 3:16 pm

    I'm a fan of google trends, myself. Can waste hours on that thing, plotting the comparative popularity in searches between random things. Just so you know, butter is more popular than Aerosmith, but Aerosmith is more popular than hairspray (not counting Jan 2007).

  16. Eric H. Doss
    December 22, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    Thanks for the post. Most people don't look too far beyond your standard Google Search and leave a lot of really good results on the table.

    Only problem is that Catalog Search hasn't been updated since about 2004. Not a problem if you don't mind spending $52 on a 512MB SD card from eCost.com...

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