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Mary Ellen Bates, “So, In Other Words…” – Translaton Tools in Search

By Mary Ellen Bates, Bates Information Services Inc. The need for language translation has increased significantly as a result of globalization, despite the fact that English functions as the lingua franca of international commerce. Translation needs are met by large and small translation agencies, but the web also offers a number of translation […]

Mary Ellen Bates, “GigaBlast Worth Another Look”

by Mary Ellen Bates The search engine Gigablast ( has been around since 2000, and generally doesn’t get a lot of attention. It’s a search engine for search-logic geeks — you can do some very subtle searches that aren’t supported in most other search engines. Let’s start at Gigablast’s main page, which features a goofy-looking […]

Mary Bates, Sourcing Tips “AskX Goes 3D”

By Mary Bates To Subscribe to Mary’s Latest, click HERE Email Back in January, I wrote about’s new user interface, AskX, then in beta ( Last month, a modified version of AskX was rolled out in ready-for-prime-time form on ( It’s referred to as Ask3D; the search results page has three vertical […]

Mary Bates InfoTip – Yahoo’s Personalized Shortcuts

By Mary Bates You may already be familiar with Yahoo’s “shortcuts” — searches that get you answers as well as web sites. For example, If you type area code San Francisco the first entry in the search results page will be text, rather than a URL: “The area code for San Francisco, CA is […]