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Online is a professional magazine covering online and CD-ROM databases with practical how-to articles covering the entire online industry. Founded in 1977, it is a bimonthly publication published by Online, a Division of Information Today Inc.The editor is Marydee Ojala.

Articles from Vol. 23, No. 3, May

A Web Search Trifecta
Bill Mickey is associate editor of ONLINE magazine. Keeping Tabs on Search Engine Features & Technology A serious searcher knows that more effective results come from the same Web search query cast over several search engines. One search...
Choosing an Intranet Search Engine
talking about search engines conjures up notions of the big Internet search engines like AltaVista, Infoseek, and HotBot. However, search engines are also tools that can be used to index intranet content. As librarians, we need to know how to make...
Crawling under the Hood
Danny Sullivan is the editor of Search Engine Watch (http://searchenginewatch.corn). He covers developments with search engines within the site and through his free monthly newsletter, the Search Engine Report. An Update on Search Engine Technology...
Euro Currents
While some worry about becoming Y2K-compliant by January 1, 2000, Europeans worried about another compliancy a year earlier. On January 1, 1999, all but four of the 15 European Union member countries converted their currency to the euro. Opting out...
Information Visualization Product Developments
My last column (January 1999 ONLINE) described some of the underlying principles and basic research relating to information visualization--the graphical or pictorial display of search results. This issue's column continues that theme by describing...
Intranets: Librarians, Dive In!
Intranets have become part of the working lives of librarians and other in formation professionals everywhere, as evidenced in January ONLINE'S special intranet issue. An important conclusion drawn from that issue plants intranets firmly in the "next...
Meta Search Engines
The single, most frequent piece of search advice for using Web search engines is to always search more than one engine to answer your question. No two engines are the same--each offers a unique set of search features and indexes or crawls the Web differently....
NLP Meets the Jab Berwocky
Natural Language Processing in Information Retrieval Searching is a language game. Find just the right combination of words and you have the key to the black box of answers that we call a database. Guess wrong, and the box remains mum, or worse,...
Realistic Approaches to Enigmatic Copyright Issues
The most disconcerting aspect of copyright is the ambiguity of existing laws. We understand, and have so stated in several of our columns, that copyright is an issue of interpretation. Some organizations, regardless of profit or educational status,...
Recommended Reading on Webcasting
The topic this month is Webcasting, which means using streaming media to deliver data over the Internet. The data can be audio, video, animation, or text, delivered with a variety of technologies, including push, unicasting, multicasting, and hybrid...
Results Ranking in Web Search Engines
World Wide Web search engines have become the most heavily-used on line services, with millions of searches performed each day. Their popularity is due, in part, to their ease of use, which stems primarily from their use of relevancy searching (also...
Rising Relevance in Search Engines
Back in the medieval days of the Internet, when a search used engine was still the software used to access bibliographic or other databases with no connection to the Internet, there was some fascinating research on statistical algorithms for sorting...
Search Engines in the Internet Age
Online has certainly become mainstream. A decade ago, the talk was all about end-user searching, but it never took off with the general public any more than CompuServe and America Online could grab the attention of the masses without the multimedia...
Spotlight on Search Submissions
BOOKMARK CENTRAL continues to receive submissions and we're uploading them to the BOOKMARK CENTRAL site as fast as possible. Topics recently submitted include Economic Espionage, Consumer Health, Breast and Prostate Cancer, and Document Delivery, to...
The Future Search Web of Search
Chris Sherman is the Web Search Guide for The Mining Co. Internet Guide network, http:/ /websearch.miningco.com. He holds an MA from Stanford University in Interactive Educational Technology, and has worked in the Internet/multimedia industry for nearly...
The Ultimate, Original Search Engine
Where did search engines come from? Are they really new? In this special issue on search engines, we have considered search engines from every possible angle but two. Is there an original, or first, search engine? And what would be the ultimate search...
We Are Everywhere
Reva Basch can't maintain a conversation, period, in the morning, let alone with an appliance. She is author of Researching Online For Dummies and executive editor of the new Super Searchers book series. Small isn't just beautiful--it's mandatory....
Web Measurers Wrestle with Methodologies, Each Other
Media Metrix is an "according to" company. It's in a class with J.D. Powers, Nielsen, and Arbitron, which are regularly cited in newsreports and ads, as the source-"according to..." --for some authoritative product rating. For TV programs, it's Nielsen,...
WEB SEARCH ENGINES Features and Commands
With a half-dozen or so large general Web search engines, it is far from easy to remember which one provides which features and how those features are implemented. Add to that the fact that several search engines have both simple and advanced modes...
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