SweetSearch: Looking For Greater Research Reliability

Plug your search terms into Google and come up with the sites that have paid or engineered themselves to rank highest in the results order. Plug your search terms into SweetSearch and pick from websites whose rankings are based on their reliability and credibility.

According to Lifehacker’s Kevin Purdy, SweetSearch premises its results on the rankings employed by FindingDulcinea, an aggregator of scholarly websites. Only 35,000 of the best sites, rated and approved by SweetSearch’s researchers, are indexed. Pages from the Smithsonian, Library of Congress, educational and public institutions rise to the top, while psuedo-educational sites are swept aside.

While a visit to their page reveals that SweetSearch is obviously geared towards students, it doesn’t take a PhD in rocket science to realize the value for any researcher looking for the right information on the Web. If you like the idea of losing that first step of sifting through your Google results for the most credible site links, check out SweetSearch.