Internet search engines: Understanding their design to improve information retrieval

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The relationship between the methods currently used for indexing the World Wide Web and the programs, languages, and protocols on which the World Wide Web is based is examined. Two methods for indexing the Web are described, directories being briefly discussed while search engines are considered in detail. The automated approach used to create these tools is examined with special emphasis on the parts of a document used in indexing. Shortcomings of the approach are described. Suggestions for effective use of Web search engines are given.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)47-60
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Internet Cataloging
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2000


  • Indexing
  • Internet
  • Robots
  • Search engines
  • World Wide Web

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Library and Information Sciences


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