UKOLN WebWatch: UK University Search Engines

Survey Of UK HE Institutional Search Engines - June 2003

About This Document

This document provides information from a survey of UK University search engines. The survey was originally carried out between 16 July and 24 August 1999 and is updated periodically. This page contains access to the survey carried out in June 2003.

A report on the survey was published in Ariadne issue 21. An updated report was published in Ariadne issue 30 in January 2002.

Please note that this page contains a simplified interface to the institution's searching service.

Also note that this page contains an interface to search engines as originally recorded in July/August 1999. The information will be updated periodically in order to monitor trends. If you do notice any errors or changes please contact Brian Kelly.

Institution Name Search Location
Aberdeen ht://Dig (and Google)
Abertay ColdFusion
Aberystwyth Microsoft
Anglia Polytechnic University ht://Dig
Aston ht://Dig
Bangor ht://Dig
Bath Spa Freefind
Bath ht://Dig
Belfast, The Queen's University of Ultraseek
Birkbeck ht://Dig
Birmingham Inktomi
Bolton Institute of Higher Education ht://Dig
Bournemouth University ht://Dig
Bradford ht://Dig
Brighton ht://Dig
Bristol ht://Dig and Google
Brunel ht://Dig
Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College (BCUC) Microsoft
Cambridge Inktomi
Canterbury Christ Church Microsoft (Index Server)
Cardiff Ultraseek
Cardiff, University of Wales Institute (UWIC) Microsoft (IIS)
Central England, University of (UCE) Perlfect Search
Central Lancashire eXcite
Central School of Speech and Drama Atomz
University of Gloucester (was Cheltenham and Gloucester College of HE) None found   See home page
Chester College ht://Dig
University College Chichester (UCC) ColdFusion
City ht://Dig
Coventry ht://Dig
Cranfield ht://Dig
Dartington College of Arts None found   See home page
De Montfort (DMU) ht://Dig
Derby Google
Dundee Maestro
Durham ht://Dig
East Anglia, University of (UEA) Webinator
East London Not known
Edge Hill eXcite
Edinburgh Ultraseek
Essex Microsoft (SiteServer)
Exeter ht://Dig
Falmouth Microsoft
Glamorgan ht://Dig
Glasgow Caledonian University Inktomi
Glasgow School of Art Google
Glasgow ht://Dig
Goldsmiths College Unknown
Greenwich Picosearch
Harper Adams Unknown
Heriot-Watt ht://Dig
Hertfordshire Unknown
Huddersfield Google
Hull ht://Dig
Imperial ht://Dig
Institute of Education Homegrown
Keele ht://Dig
Kent ht://Dig
Kent Institute of Art and Design Google
King Alfred's College, Winchester None   See home page
King's College London (KCL) ht://Dig
Kingston ht://Dig
Lampeter Google
Lancaster Google
Leeds Google
Leeds Metropolitan University (LMU) Ultraseek
Leicester ht://Dig
Lincolnshire and Humberside None found   See home page
Liverpool Harvest-NG / Zebra
Liverpool John Moore Microsoft
Liverpool Hope None found See home page
London Business School Infoseek
London Guildhall ht://Dig
London Institute None found   See home page
University of London (Institutes) Atomz
London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) ht://Dig
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine ht://Dig
Loughborough eXcite
Luton ht://Dig
Manchester Institute of Science & Technology (UMIST) Microsoft
Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) AltaVista
Manchester ht://Dig
Manchester Business School Google
Medicine, University of Wales College of (UWCM) Microsoft
Middlesex Microsoft (Index Server)
Napier Unknown
Newcastle Webinator
Newman Google
Newport Google
North-East Wales Institute of Higher Education (NEWI) Webinator
North London (UNL) Inktomi
Northampton, University College Google
Northern School of Contemporary Dance None found   See home page
University of Northumbria at Newcastle ht://Dig
Norwich School of Art and Design None found See home page
Nottingham Trent (NTU) None   See home page
Nottingham Google
Open University In-house
Oxford ht://Dig
Oxford Brookes eXcite
Paisley Microsoft
Plymouth Microsoft
Portsmouth ht://Dig
Queen Margaret University College ColdFusion
Queen Mary and Westfield College ht://Dig
Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication None found   See home page
Reading ht://Dig and Google
York St John College Not Available
Robert Gordon University ColdFusion
Roehampton Microsoft
Royal Academy of Music Google
Royal College of Art None found See home page
Royal College of Music Not Known
Royal Holloway Ultraseek
Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) Microsoft search engine
Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama None found   See home page
Royal Veterinary College Google
St Andrews ht://Dig
St George's Hospital Medical School ht://Dig
St Mark and St John, College of Google
St Mary's College Microsoft
Salford ht://Dig
School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) ColdFusion?
Scottish Agricultural College Microsoft (FrontPage)
Sheffield Hallam University ht://Dig
Sheffield Webinator
South Bank University Google
Southampton ht://Dig
Southampton Institute (Solent) Google
Staffordshire Google
Stirling ht://Dig
Strathclyde ht://Dig
Sunderland None Found   See home page
Surrey Institute of Art and Design Atomz
Surrey Google
Sussex Inktomi
Swansea Institute of Higher Education ht://Dig
Swansea ht://Dig
Teeside ColdFusion?
Thames Valley Univesity (TVU) Netscape
Trinity and All Saints (TASC) Microsoft
Trinity College of Music Microsoft
Trinity College, Carmarthen Microsoft
Ulster Ultraseeek
University College London (UCL) ht://Dig
Wales Microsoft
Warwick ht://Dig and Google
Welsh College of Music and Drama Fluid Dynamics Search Engine
West of England, University of (UWE) ht://Dig
Westhill College None found   See home page
Westminster Microsoft (Index Server)
Wolverhampton ht://Dig
Worcester, University College ht://Dig
Writtle College None found   See home page
Wye College None found   See home page
York ht://Dig


Summaries are given below.

Name Total Details
ht://dig 54 (includes three duplicate entries) Aberdeen - Anglia - Aston - Bangor - Bath - Birkbeck - Bolton - Bournemouth - Bradford - Brighton - Bristol - Brunel - City - Coventry - Cranfield - Chester - DMU - Durham - Exeter - Glamorgan - Glasgow - Heriot-Watt - Hull - Imperial - KCL - Keele - Kent - Kingston - Leicester - London Guildhall - London School of Hygiene - LSE - - Manchester - UNN - Oxford - Oxford Brookes - Portsmouth - Reading (also uses Google) - Salford - Sheffield Hallam - Southampton - St George's - St Andrews - Stirling - Strathclyde - Swansea - Swansea Institute - UCL - UWE - Warwick (also uses Google) - Wolverhampton - Worcester - York
Google 21 (includes four duplicate entries) Aberdeen - Bristol - Derby - Glasgow School of Art - Huddersfield - Kent Institute - Newport - Lampeter - Lancaster - Leeds - Manchester Business School - Newman - Nottingham - Northampton - Reading (also uses ht://Dig) - Royal Academy - Royal Veterinary College - South Bank - Southampton Institute - Staffordshire - St Mark and St John - Surrey - Warwick (also uses ht://Dig)
Microsoft 19 Aberystwyth - Bucks - Canterbury Christ Church - Essex - Falmouth - Liverpool John Moore - UMIST - Middlesex - Paisley - Plymouth - Roehampton - Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) - Royal College of Music - Scottish Agricultural College - St Mary's College - TASC - Trinity College - Trinity College of Music - UWIC - Wales - Westminster
Inktomi/Ultraseek 12 Cardiff - Edinburgh - LMU - London Business School - Queen's University Belfast - Royal Holloway - Ulster - UNL - Birmingham - Cambridge - Glasgow Caledonian - Sussex
ColdFusion 5 Abertay - Chichester - Queen Margaret University College - SOAS - Teeside
Thunderstone's Webinator 4 Newcastle - UEA - NEWI - Sheffield
eXcite 3 Central Lancashire - Edge Hill - Loughborough
Atomz 3 CSSD - University of London - Surrey Institute
FreeFind (Remote Index) 1 Bath Spa
Netscape (Compass/Web Publisher) 1 Thames Valley
AltaVista (Product) 1 MMU
Harvest-NG and Zebra 1 Liverpool
Perlfect Search 1 UCE
Maestro 1 Dundee
WebStar 1 SOAS
WebFind 0  
Fluid Dynamics Search Engine 1 Welsh College of Music and Drama
Picosearch 1 University of Greenwich
wwwwais (formerly available from <>) 0  
Muscat 0  
Other (Not known, home-grown) 6 East London - Goldsmiths - Harper Adams - Herts - Institute of Education - Open University
Lycos 0  
Verity 0  
AltaVista (Public Service) 0  
SimpleSearch 0  
None (or not easily found) 15 Cheltenham - Dartington - King Alfred's - Lincolnshire - Liverpool Hope - London Institute - Napier - Northern School - Norwich - Ravensbourne - Royal College of Art - Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama - Sunderland - Westhill College - Writtle - Wye
Organisations no longer available 5 Bretton College (was at <>) - College of Guidance Studies (COGS) (was at <>) - Northern College (was at <>) - North Riding College Higher Education Corporation (was at <>) - Westminster College (was at <>)
Search engine not available at time of survey 1 York St John