Ask is a general purpose search engine designed to respond to questions posed in everyday language as well as to single word or phrase searches.
Microsoft introduced its Bing general search engine in 2009. Searches may be restricted to the UK, and there are over 40 language options.
DuckDuckGo is a general search engine which doesn’t track users or tailor its search results to a user’s search history.
Google’s quick and simple search engine is the most widely used in the western world. Select “Advanced search” from the results page for a template-based expert search including over 40 language options and the option of restricting the search to web sites from a particular country or region. Many other Google services are accessible from the head of any page, including Google Maps and Google Scholar.
The Open Directory Project is a web directory with entries submitted by volunteer editors. Content is arranged in broad categories which include News and Society, and Society includes both Government and Law sections. There are search options for the whole site or for a specific category.
Phil Bradley is an internet consultant. His site provides information about search engines and the internet generally, aimed primarily at librarians. Content includes lists of search engines, reviews, and search tips, accessible from the menu at the top of the home page.
The UK and Ireland version of Yahoo! Search defaults to a search of the whole web, with the option in results pages to narrow down to UK only or Ireland only. Other search options include images, local UK businesses, and news.