Search the Invisible Web with CompletePlanet

Note to Readers: Complete Planet has been discontinued as an Invisible Web search tool. Try What is the Invisible Web? for more information on how to search this amazing repository of somewhat undiscovered Web content. 

What is CompletePlanet?

CompletePlanet is an Invisible Web portal with fast service, relevant results, and an easy to use interface. CompletePlanet searches over 70,000+ searchable databases and specialty search engines, a pretty impressive number, and I found that my search results for a number of different queries were right on target with credible, reliable results (most worthy of a good footnote or two).

CompletePlanet is a great research tool for not only the casual Web surfer who's looking for some answers, but for the student or researcher, CompletePlanet is absolutely invaluable.

How To Search The Invisible Web With CompletePlanet

Navigate to the home page, and you'll see the standard search query bar right in the middle of the page. Below that, you have a wide variety of topics from which to choose - this is a good place to start if you have a really good idea of where your particular search query is headed. Let's look at both options and see what happens.

My search for "clouds" using the standard search bar returned 187 "related databases." Your CompletePlanet results are a bit different than searching for the word "clouds" in a less focused search portal; instead of your search results page being full of links to a whole bunch of Web sites, CompletePlanet uses its technology called Deep Query Manager instead to search databases.

Your results, therefore, are made up of various Invisible Web databases.

My search for clouds using the topic database worked a bit differently. I chose the topic "science" in order to initially narrow down my search, then I decided to explore "Meteorology". At this point, CompletePlanet only returned one result for my intial search query of clouds, but it was a pretty good one - it turned out to be the Australian government's Greenhouse and Climate change page.

I think that for me, I prefer narrowing down my topic from the get-go in CompletePlanet, since I felt the results were more targeted and relevant; however, I believe that it's completely your own personal preference.

At the bottom of every search result, you'll see little colored squares indicated how relevant your result is to your original search query; the highest score is four squares, so the more squares, the better. Next to that you'll see the size of that particular file and the date it was "harvested", rather, when CompletePlanet spidered that page.

CompletePlanet Advanced Search

CompletePlanet Advanced Search is pretty standard; you get the option to search by title, keyword, description, date, etc. I would also highly recommend that you take a quick look at CompletePlanet Search Help - it's a great introduction to what you can really do with CompletePlanet.

Why Should I Use CompletePlanet?

First of all, it's extremely easy to use, and even more simple to narrow down searches without a lot of complicated search syntax or search operators. Secondly, CompletePlanet is searching the Invisible Web; so your results overall are of a higher standard (since they are in academic, government, military, etc.

databases) than if you searched for the same item in a general search engine. Thirdly, I really like how CompletePlanet's list of topics is right on the front page - it makes it easy to narrow down or broaden your search; plus, I just enjoy seeing what's out there in topics I wouldn't ordinarily be searching within. I highly recommend CompletePlanet as a great tool with which to search the Invisible Web.

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