Persistent Link:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/105720
Title:
Finding Finding Aids on the World Wide Web
Author:
Tibbo, Helen R.; Meho, Lokman I.
Citation:
Finding Finding Aids on the World Wide Web 2001, 64(1):61-77 The American Archivist
Publisher:
Society of American Archivists
Journal:
The American Archivist
Issue Date:
2001
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/105720
Submitted date:
2006-12-28
Abstract:
Reports results of a study to explore how well six popular Web search engines performed in retrieving specific electronic finding aids mounted on the World Wide Web. A random sample of online finding aids was selected and then searched using AltaVista, Excite, Fast Search, Google, Hotbot and Northern Light, employing both word and phrase searching. As of February 2000, approximately 8 percent of repositories listed at the 'Repositories of Primary Resources' Web site had mounted at least four full finding aids on the Web. The most striking finding of this study was the importance of using phrase searches whenever possible, rather than word searches. Also of significance was the fact that if a finding aid were to be found using any search engine, it was generally found in the first ten or twenty items at most. The study identifies the best performers among the six chosen search engines. Combinations of search engines often produced much better results than did the search engines individually, evidence that there may be little overlap among the top hits provided by individual engines.
Type:
Journal Article (Paginated)
Language:
en
Keywords:
Bibliometrics; World Wide Web; Web Mining; Web Metrics; Information Retrieval; null; Database Searching Instructions
Local subject classification:
finding aids; Google; search engines; Altavista; Alltheweb

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorTibbo, Helen R.en_US
dc.contributor.authorMeho, Lokman I.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2006-12-28T00:00:01Z-
dc.date.available2010-06-18T23:33:05Z-
dc.date.issued2001en_US
dc.date.submitted2006-12-28en_US
dc.identifier.citationFinding Finding Aids on the World Wide Web 2001, 64(1):61-77 The American Archivisten_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/105720-
dc.description.abstractReports results of a study to explore how well six popular Web search engines performed in retrieving specific electronic finding aids mounted on the World Wide Web. A random sample of online finding aids was selected and then searched using AltaVista, Excite, Fast Search, Google, Hotbot and Northern Light, employing both word and phrase searching. As of February 2000, approximately 8 percent of repositories listed at the 'Repositories of Primary Resources' Web site had mounted at least four full finding aids on the Web. The most striking finding of this study was the importance of using phrase searches whenever possible, rather than word searches. Also of significance was the fact that if a finding aid were to be found using any search engine, it was generally found in the first ten or twenty items at most. The study identifies the best performers among the six chosen search engines. Combinations of search engines often produced much better results than did the search engines individually, evidence that there may be little overlap among the top hits provided by individual engines.en_US
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherSociety of American Archivistsen_US
dc.subjectBibliometricsen_US
dc.subjectWorld Wide Weben_US
dc.subjectWeb Miningen_US
dc.subjectWeb Metricsen_US
dc.subjectInformation Retrievalen_US
dc.subjectnullen_US
dc.subjectDatabase Searching Instructionsen_US
dc.subject.otherfinding aidsen_US
dc.subject.otherGoogleen_US
dc.subject.othersearch enginesen_US
dc.subject.otherAltavistaen_US
dc.subject.otherAlltheweben_US
dc.titleFinding Finding Aids on the World Wide Weben_US
dc.typeJournal Article (Paginated)en_US
dc.identifier.journalThe American Archivisten_US
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