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Lab Task #7: Search Engines

(http://faculty.washington.edu/krumme/207/vlab/engines.html)


Resources:

There are now many "search engines" available to facilitate Web-based searches. "Metacrawler" (developed originally on this Campus, now belonging to go2net) and other "meta-engines" are often more useful since they are "secondary" and make use of a number of other (primary) search engines. "Google" appears to be the most comprehensive search engine (including for ".edu" domains) at the moment (2002). For VLab Task #7, please use two such comprehensive engines and search for at least 4 "key words" or word combinations, namely:
  1. "Economic Geography" (as a "phrase", use "comprehensive search"). How many sites were listed? _____
  2. "Location Quotient"; How many sites?___
  3. "Location Theory"; How many sites?___
  4. One or more key words which you feel would generate useful sites for your project / area of concentration.
    1. Key word: ------------------------ How many sites?___
    2. Key word: ------------------------ How many sites?___
    3. Key word: ------------------------ How many sites?___
It is often useful to find out which primary search engine (as different from the meta or secondary engines) works best for you and your particular research interests. The meta engines identify the primary search engines through which they found the results. Thus, take note of the primary search engine which provides the most or best returns for your concentration interests. You may want to use it later for a more extensive search

Which search engine will you link to your 207-cover-page and/or your Resource Page?

Please add those search results which seem most useful for your project and a sentence or two about your evaluation of the search engines you used to your RESOURCE PAGE. You may also want to bookmark some of the Economic Geography and Location Quotient sites for later reference. Thanks!



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