When I was in library school a few years ago, Ask Jeeves was something of a joke. A product whose original idea of using natural language queries had failed to deliver on its early promise. In those innumerable conversations about patrons, if Ask Jeeves came up, it was always disparagingly.
But it’s on my Firefox search engine plugin list, which I love incidentally. This feature will let you search any number of engines or databases directly. No need to get to a site like IMDB or Amazon or PubMed first. Anyhow, I was looking for something slightly tricky the other day and accidentally went to AskJeeves and there it was. Didn’t show up on Google mind you.
Now try telling other librarians to check it out. Harder than you would think..