clustyWe’ve all gotten used to using Google or Yahoo for our searches. And that’s not necessarily always a bad thing. But there are other search engines out there. One I like a lot is Clusty.

What really makes Clusty unique is what happens after you search. Instead of delivering millions of search results in one long list, our search engine groups similar results together into clusters. Clusters help you see your search results by topic so you can zero in on exactly what you’re looking for or discover unexpected relationships between items. When was the last time you went to the third or fourth page of the search results? Rather than scrolling through page after page, the clusters help you find results you may have missed or that were buried deep in the ranked list.

clusty12I like it! This can really be helpful for kids as they search and try to organize their thoughts. The clusters can be expanded into sub-clusters allowing you to drill down to very specific sites and resources. It’s also handy when your search terms are not specific enough and Clusty eliminates some results that arenclusty4‘t relevant to your search.

The screenshots to the left and right show an example search for the Battle of Gettysburg. I used just one word – “Gettysburg” – in my search box and ended up with almost 750,000 hits. This is a problem, even if Clusty displays just the first 200 hits. The beauty is that Clusty has organized the different Gettysburg search results into categories and sub-categories.

And boom, there it is! Gettysburg Civil War Reenactments. Just what I wanted.

I also like the way that Clusty gives me a way to preview sites before I link out to them. Check out this feature to experiment with how it can save time during difficult searches.

Don’t be happy with just Google, try Clusty!