I love research. Aside from the the satisfaction of completing a final project, digging deep into archival documentation provides a great deal of satisfaction. I have used a combination of Google and DuckDuckGo for most of my research. The problem with Google is that the search engine tailors your results according to your location, previous, search, and other personalized data.
A few weeks ago, I gave StartPage (https://www.startpage.com) a try. StartPage anonymously queries Google for results without all of the aforementioned interventions. Almost instantly, I found a couple of amazing gold mines related to the Overland Trains book that I am writing. With that said, it is important to diversify your data search platforms.
I have been extremely happy with StartPage. It finds really obscure results that even Google doesn’t provide because of built-in search biases.