Use Sweet Search to Research on the Fly
It’s not going to replace Google or anything, but Sweet Search is a nifty little search engine that’s perfect for knocking out some quick, informal research for that paper you have to bullshit. In theory it’s a lot like Google Scholar; you only see search results from reputable and at least semi-scholarly sites. In practice, you usually need to scroll a few results down to get past results from their parent site, finding Dulcinea, but the sites thereafter are generally of at least of middling credibility. So what exactly sets Sweet Search apart?
The main attraction here is something called “selected results.” The search engine parses the content of each site, and does an admirable job of presenting its main points in bulleted lists within the search results page. This allows you to quickly scan through the important bits of twenty or so websites all in a single page, and click the checkboxes next to any information that might be relevant for your paper.
Once you have the info you need, Sweet Search’s sidebar lets you export your selections as bookmarks, to Google Docs, or to social networks for some reason. If you choose the Google Docs option, Sweet Search will create a new document, build a nicely-formatted summary with all of your selected information, and add links to help you with citations later. I really wish Google would add an option for this check-marking and exporting feature to their searches; it really is a lot easier than listing a bunch of links and gleaning the critical information from the pages later.
For real scholarly sources you’ll still need to use the databases your school library provides, but if you just want to quickly glean some bullet points from respected websites, Sweet Search offers great features that give Google a run for its money.