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Use a metasearch engine to focus in-depth research and save time. Query from the metasearcher, then drill through to the individual search engine results.
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Metasearch Engines, Metasearchers and International Search Engines

Meta search engines, or metasearchers, are powerful parallel search services that allow you to query multiple sites simultaneously. When you type your query term into the metasearch screen, it reformats it and sends it simultaneously to a dozen or more search engines and/or web directories. Most metasearchers query a handful of sites. Some submit to hundreds. Although they pull results from numerous sources, metasearch engines do not return the in-depth response that individual sites do. Rather, they scrape the surface, returning the top 50 or 100 hits from each resource they query. There are thousands of metasearch tools, with new ones coming online daily. Below are some of the more popular, along with links to international search engines.

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