ERIC Number: ED446259
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Nov-16
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Just-in-Time Web Searches for Trainers & Adult Educators.
Kirk, James J.
Trainers and adult educators often need to quickly locate quality information on the World Wide Web (WWW) and need assistance in searching for such information. A "search engine" is an application used to query existing information on the WWW. The three types of search engines are computer-generated indexes, directories, and meta search engines. Computer-generated indexes (or web-crawlers or spiders) seek sites that contain words that match search terms. Directories are lists of selected sites organized according to topic. A meta search engine searches other search engines. Two sites that provide up-to-date comprehensive information on search engines are Search Engine Showdown and Search Engine Watch. One tool in the WWW that can quickly help in narrowing the long list of potential search engines is Noodle Quest. Based on the results of research conducted by the author on five searches, HotBot and Google appear to be fairly good search tools to use when in a hurry to find a few relevant sites related to a given training topic. However, other large search engines such as Fast, iWon, and AltaVista, are not included in the experiment. Furthermore, new and more powerful search engines continue to be developed (Virtual Search Engines). (YLB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
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