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Google REALLY wants to get personal:

Today, I'm not discussing a cool new search tool. Instead, here's an article in the The Financial Times. Google wants more and more information about you.

The company's CEO Eric Schmidt, talking to reporters in London, said, "We cannot even answer the most basic questions because we don’t know enough about you. That is the most important aspect of Google’s expansion."

World War II digital library

Historic Government Publications from World War II is a digital library that contains scanned images of actual documents from World War II.

The images can be viewed on the site, or downloaded.

One can browse through the collection, or search by keyword.

Click here to see a digitized booklet on 4-H.

Rollyo--"Roll Your Own Search Engine"

Rollyo enables you to build your own search engine.

How it works:
Build a "searchroll."
A searchroll is a list of sites that you trust. Add all of the Websites on a given topic that you want to the roll. You can assign a general category for the roll, and apply "tags" to describe the topic.

Share searchrolls with others
Other people can search your searchrolls, and you can search theirs to discover new Websites about topics that are important to you.

Midomi: search for songs by singing

Midomi is a cool music search tool. If you have a microphone hooked up to your computer, you can sing or hum part of a tune in order to find a song. Your recordings become part of the database.

Midomi is also a community of music fans, for any music genre. You can rate other users' recordings, too.

Aging-Related Info on the Web: Ageline

Consumer Searches To Go is an information service of AARP. The site features categories of information with the general consumer in mind.

Categories include:
• Health
• Money
• Long-Term Care
• Retirement
And more.

For more specialized information on aging-related topics, try Ageline Search, which is geared more toward professionals than the general user.

Comparison: search engines, directories

Search engines come in many flavors, and offer different features. Which one is the best for you? The answer depends on your search.

This comparison chart showcases the different search functions of several search engines, definitions of terminology, and provides reviews.

Sometimes a great place to start a search is in a subject directory.

Need help with a Web search? AskScott.com

From the Website: "AskScott.com helps you find the most appropriate Internet reference tool for your search."

The site features search tools and databases for several categories of information, including:

  • Family Issues
  • News or stocks
  • Research Assistance
  • Government Information
  • International Information