Google replaces Ultraseek as University's search engine

July 31, 2003

Finding information on Penn State's Web site is about to get easier, as the University is switching its search engine to Google.

On Aug. 11, Academic Services and Emerging Technologies will make available the new search engine via On Aug. 25, will be changed to point to the new Google search engine and will no longer point to the Ultraseek search engine. On Sept. 25, the Ultraseek search engine will be permanently removed.

This change will affect people who invoke the current search engine or explicitly allow the current search engine to index their respective Web servers. Documentation about how pages are indexed by the new search engine, how to invoke the Google Search Appliance from Web pages and new features and functionality are available at

Faculty members who use the search engine as part of lesson planning are encouraged to update any course materials as appropriate. Questions, problem reports or requests for assistance may be directed to the ITS Help Desk at

The change to Google is based on responses to a search engine evaluation survey, which was sent to the Penn State community for feedback in May. The survey was created and conducted by the University's Search engine Evaluation Team, which was composed of individuals from University Relations, University Libraries and several ITS units.

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