Custom Search Engines with Google


With a share of about 60% of all online searches, Google is easily the world's most-used search engine. And I would say with good reason, because they offer a wide variety of topic-specific searches and the ability to create "custom search engines." HRC has now harnessed the power of Google by creating two custom search engines, one on farm animals searching sites related to the U.S. Department Agriculture and another that searches the abstracts and full texts of major animal-related journals. We're considering other custom search engine ideas and would also welcome suggestions.


A while back, HRC conducted a survey of our email newsletter subscribers to see how many people and organizations used research in their daily work for animals. We found that a surprising number of people consider setting up Google Alerts the same as conducting research. I initially bristled a little at that response because HRC puts so much time and energy into hand-selecting our database entries. But if you can't beat 'em, join 'em; we certainly cannot compete with Google's reach, so we used their technology to create a couple of targeted custom search engines. Here's what we have currently:

    USDA/ERS Farmed Animal Resources
    Publications and data related to various farmed animal sectors, from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, its Economic Research Service (ERS), and other similar sites and USDA programs.

    Animal Welfare Journals and Articles
    Publications related to animal welfare and public attitudes toward animal welfare. Searches a range of sites including the full text of journals from Society and Animals Forum, Farmed Animal Watch, as well as abstracts from Anthrozoos, Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, and others.

    Google Scholar Search
    This Google offering searches across many disciplines and sources: peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles, from academic publishers, professional societies, universities and other scholarly organizations. Not developed by HRC.

To use the HRC custom search engines, go here. To suggest other possible search engines, please contact us or make your suggestion by adding a comment, below (you must be logged in to use this feature). To register for access, please go here.

USDA & NIH Animal Experimentation Resources - search engine

This is a great idea thank you! In addition to the farm animal search engine, another helpful search would involve USDA and NIH resources relating to animal experimentation. Thanks again!

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