Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Have You Tried SearchMash?

SearchMash is a little-known, unbranded Google site, available at, where you can help Google try out a new search engine interface. Search results are sorted with the first 20 web pages and some brief text displayed on the left side of the screen, while images, blogs, videos, and Wikipedia results are viewed from a menu on the right. A link for "more web results" will add 20 more results to the first 20, and so on, allowing a continuing scroll without having to return to a previous page. Watch and pause the videos by clicking on their thumbnails; display detailed results for images, blogs, or videos on the left side of the screen; and hide the details to produce a quick list of web sites useful for background information and primary documents on a topic. Try out SearchMash with a favorite legal, historical or other topic--and let them know what you think.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

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