Not long ago, I learned that Google lets you create your own search engine. Google Custom Search was basically designed to allow website owners to add a search engine for their sites and help users find the information they are looking for. Now, since you can customize this engine, you get to choose which site(s) the engine will search, and this means that you can include all your favorite, relevant reference sites and get search results only from those sites.
There is huge potential in this for translators and linguists, as having a personalized engine that only searches relevant sites is a big time saver and a valuable source of valid references. You are essentially getting rid of irrelevant search results.
Say you are working on an e-commerce project. Imagine how useful it would be to have a customized search engine that includes different e-commerce websites to see how they deal with a certain term, to check if some countries prefer a translated version or an English term for a certain item, or to confirm what is the most widely used term for an item across different countries. (The latter is especially useful for languages like Spanish, with significant vocabulary differences between locales.)
If you want to give it a try and create your own engine, go to https://www.google.com/cse. Select New search engine and add the sites you want the engine to search. Then, you just need to select a language and name your engine. Click Create. And that’s basically it. You can also enable image search too!
If you are interested in learning some interesting Google hacks, check my previous post.