Search just got sweet

EasyBib is the best site to use to create citations and bibliographies. One of the ways that EasyBib helps to deliver a “total package” of services to students is through our partner companies. Our newest partner is Dulcinea Media, which offers several Web sites and tools to make it easier for students to conduct research on the Web. Today, we spotlight one of them: SweetSearch, A Search Engine for Students. Though it’s only a little more than a year-old, it’s suddenly become a hot product in schools throughout the world, garnering outstanding reviews from publications and education bloggers from the U.S., Europe, Asia and Australia.

Writing in the Raleigh News Observer, tech journalist Paul Gilster compared SweetSearch to Google and Bing and found it better for finding scholarly resources. He wrote, “Google or Bing may find many of the same sites, but what I’ve noticed is that some of the better sites for a particular topic wind up deep in their search results, often outranked by Web pages more commonly used but of inferior quality….[I] was impressed with SweetSearch’s focus on credible scholarship and emphasis on primary source materials.”

According to the company’s blog post SweetSearch searches only tens of thousands of Web sites that have been evaluated as credible by the company’s research experts and librarian and teacher consultants. It “exclude[s] marginal sites that read well and authoritatively, but lack academic or journalistic rigor, and thus are not cite worthy. As importantly, many academic web sites make little effort to optimize their content for search engines and thus get buried deep in Google. They often appear on the first results page of SweetSearch. The result? Students find what they need, and they find it faster.”

The company post then compares SweetSearch’s results for “War of 1812” and “Shakespeare” with those from Google and Bing.  It shows that most of SweetSearch’s results are from the Library of Congress, university Web sites, and many other sites with primary sources, while many of the results from the other engines lack academic authority and should not be used for school. It makes a compelling case for using SweetSearch as your primary search engine for academic research.

In future posts, we’ll share some of Dulcinea Media’s other products and articles that help students use the Web effectively.

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