ERIC Number: EJ793034
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May
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Custom Search Engines: Tools & Tips
Notess, Greg R.
Computers in Libraries, v28 n5 p16-17 May 2008
Few have the resources to build a Google or Yahoo! from scratch. Yet anyone can build a search engine based on a subset of the large search engines' databases. Use Google Custom Search Engine or Yahoo! Search Builder or any of the other similar programs to create a vertical search engine targeting sites of interest to users. The basic steps to build one are fairly simple: (1) Sign up; (2) Choose a list of sites; (3) Pick a search; (4) Add the sites engine name; and (5) Publish. That quickly, a search engine can be created to search a specific portion of the web, such as local government sites, childcare resources, or historical archives. The process is relatively simple, and the technology is fairly easy to use. With the current range of custom search engine builders, librarians can create one based on Google, Live Search, or Yahoo!. This article takes a quick look at some of the capabilities and limitations of the contenders.
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