September 24, 2021

It's Official: Google Shuts Down Several Specialty Search Tools Including Two That Focused on Government Materials

As we first mentioned on Monday, Google’s specialty search tools including two that focused on government material, Uncle Sam and USGov.Google.com, are no longer available.

We have now CONFIRMED that both of these specialty search tools (aka limited, focused or vertical search) along with four others are NO LONGER AVAILABLE. Their URLs now redirect users to a Google homepage. Most of these services has been available for more than a decade.

Search Engine Land has details in a post written by INFOdocket’s own Gary Price.
Three other resources that we like for government info are:

1. Search.USA.gov (powered by Bing) remains available. A Spanish language version of Search.USA.gov is also available.

2. Explore GovDocs (via the Government Documents Center, University of Michigan)

3. BrowseTopics.gov (via FDLP and Oklahoma St. University)

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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