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Purpose -To test major Web search engines on their performance on navigational queries, i.e. searches for homepages. Design/methodology/approach -100 real user queries are posed to six search engines (Google, Yahoo, MSN, Ask, Seekport, and Exalead). Users described the desired pages, and the results position of these is recorded. Measured success N and mean reciprocal rank are calculated. Findings -Performance of the major search engines Google, Yahoo, and MSN is best, with around 90 percent ofdoi:10.1108/00012531111148949 fatcat:azm2wmm2wnabhhmc26yabmflxq