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Selecting Search Engines

A collection of general and specialized web search engines.

Video Search Engines

Bing logo

Search Interface

Description

  • Bing search for just videos. 
  • Suggested searches are included on the results page based on your initial search. 
  • Click the filter button (label="show or hide filters") on the results page to bring up options for limiting results. Results can be filtered by video length, when the video was posted, video resolution, the source of the video, and whether the video is free or paid. 

Google Videos logo

Search Interfaces

Description

  • Searches all of Google's indexed sites for videos, not just Google-owned YouTube. 
  • Click the "Tools" button on the results page to get filtering options. You can limit results by duration, video quality, how recently the videos were posted, whether they have closed captions, and by the source of the video. 
  • Using the Advanced Search gives you the same control as the Tools with additional options for entering search words. 

Internet Archive logo

Search Interfaces

Description

  • Searches a vast, free archive of recorded audio, including news broadcasts, public media, independent movies, video blogs, classic commercials, and public-domain films. 
  • Part of a larger project to archive the open web and other digital cultural items. 
  • When using a basic search, you can limit to video using the "Media Type" filter in the left column of your results. 
  • Advanced search can limit results to video using the "Mediatype:" field. 

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Petey Vid logo

Search Interfaces

Description

  • Searches videos across a variety of social media and video sites, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Twitch, Vimeo, and the Internet Archive.
  • Results can be filtered by length of videos.
  • Browse trending hashtags to find popular video topics.
  • Does not track your search history or IP address.
  • Only search engine named after the creator's cat

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 video 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. 

YouTube logo

Search Interfaces

Apps

Description

  • Largest free video platform, owned by Google. 
  • Google will use information it has gathered, including watch history, to suggest videos and adjust search results. 
  • On the results page click the "Filters" button (label="Open search filters") to bring up options to adjust your results. Options include upload date, type of result, duration, and video features such as close captions, resolution, and Creative Commons license. You can also adjust how the results are sorted. 

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