ART: Notess, Comparing Internet Search Engines

Gretchen Whitney gwhitney at UTKUX.UTCC.UTK.EDU
Tue Jan 25 18:40:03 EST 2000

Notess, Greg.
Montana State University Library

Comparing Internet Search Engines

Information Online and Ondisc 99: Strategies for the New Millenium
Procs. of the Ninth Australasian Information Online & On Disc Conference
and Exhibition, Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Sydney Australia
19Ð21 January 1999

"This paper explores the databases behind the Web search engines in terms
of the size and scope of those databases, the overlap between them, their
change over time. Search engines such as AltaVista, Northern Light,
Excite, and Infoseek each rely on their own spider-generated database of
Web pages. These huge databases of millions of fully indexed Web pages are
still just a portion of what is available on the Web. In addition, they
each have a wide variety of search features which may not always behave as
a searcher expects. This paper identifies some of their unusual behaviour
and other peculiarities."

Gretchen Whitney, PhD                                     tel 423.974.7919
School of Information Sciences                            fax 423.974.4967
University of Tennessee, Knoxville TN 37996 USA           gwhitney at

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