Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

LocPDF — A Visual Search Engine For PDF’s


LocPDF is a visual search engine for PDF’s on the Web. In other words, you see thumbnail sketches of the PDF’s that are in your search results.

I really don’t know how big of a deal it is, or how different the search results are than from typical search engines, but I know when I typed in “parent engagement” I found some resources I hadn’t seen before. It was neat being able to see the images first.

I don’t think it’s particularly useful for English Language Learners, but I think it’ll be useful for teacher research.

Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.


  1. Thanks for covering locpdf – it’s mainly just a test project I did – but I think hopfully it will be helpful to some people at least, A lot of the time the results contain a lot of junk – but sometimes there is that rare jem – and finding them is bliming wonderful 🙂

  2. It’s a cool site, and you’re right, Larry, great for teacher research. I put in pronunciation and the first page up is how to pronounce Latin words, and the rest on the first screen are the useful ESL-type sharings we know and love. Intellectual fun and practical use. Great way to start a Monday!
    And thanks to Daniel for doing whatever it is to make this possible.

    • It makes me happy if even one person finds it handy. I don’t often get time to do projects like this… much to my regret, but when I do comments like yours make the many hours of work worthwhile – so thank you, I’ll try to improve it as time goes by.

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