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Selecting Search Engines

A collection of general and specialized web search engines.

Audio Search Engines

Audioburst logo

Search Interface

Description

  • Searches the audio of podcasts and radio broadcasts for key words.
  • Results recommend individual episodes of podcasts and radio shows and whole shows that consistently cover the topic.
  • Can browse by category (i.e. news, entertainment, business) and trending topics. 
  • Users can create a personal playlist of topics to get new recommendations as they come out. 

ccMixter logo

Search Interfaces

Description

  • Open music search engine.
  • Allows you to find music for sampling, remixing, and adding to other projects.  
  • Most music is free to use with attribution under a Creative Commons license
  • Filters allow you to look for free music, sort by how recent the music is, and limit results to instrumentals. 
  • Tag search allows you to limit results by genre, style, and instrument. 

Free Music Archive logo

Search Interface

Description

  • Repository of legal, free music run by independent radio station WFMU.
  • Many songs are licensed to be reused or remixed
  • After searching, you can limit results by genre, instrumental, duration, and by licensing. 

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Listen Notes logo

Search Interfaces

Description

  • Podcast search engine. 
  • Searches for individual episodes and whole shows covering your search topic. 
  • Filters in results allow you to look for podcasts by category, language, location, length, and recency. You can also control what field Listen Notes searches in (i.e. the title, the description, the author, & the audio).
  • You can make clips parts of a podcast episode and share it (requires creating account)
  • At the bottom of your search results you can sign up to get alerts for new results for that search (requires creating account). 
  • Listen Later allows you to create playlists of podcast episodes that can be exported to podcast apps (requires creating account).  
  • Listen Explorer search lets you enter podcasts you like to get recommendations for new ones. 

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Internet Archive logo

Search Interfaces

Description

  • Searches a vast, free archive of recorded audio, including music, podcasts, radio, interviews, and audio books.
  • Part of a larger project to archive the open web and other digital cultural items. 
  • When using a basic search, you can limit to audio using the "Media Type" filter in the left column of your results. 
  • Advanced search can limit results to audio using the "Mediatype:" field. 

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Wikimedia Commons logo

Search Interfaces

Description

  • Media file repository of public domain and free-to-use media files run the the Wikimedia Foundation, creator of Wikipedia.
  • You can limit to audio using the "File Type" field under "Advanced parameters." 
  • The icon next to each field in "Advanced parameters" explains how it can be used to improve your search.