Custom interfaces for advanced queries in search engines

Mike Thelwall, Ray Binns, Gareth Harries, Teresa Page‐Kennedy, Liz Price, David Wilkinson
2001 ASLIB Proceedings  
Those seeking information from the Internet often start from a search engine, using either its organised directory structure or its text query facility. In response to the difficulty in identifying the most relevant pages for some information needs, many search engines offer Boolean text matching and some, including Google, AltaVista and HotBot, offer the facility to integrate additional information into a more advanced request. Amongst web users, however, it is known that the employment of
more » ... e employment of complex enquiries is far from universal, with very short queries being the norm. It is demonstrated that the gap between the provision of advanced search facilities and their use can be bridged, for specific information needs, by the construction of a simple interface in the form of a web site that automatically formulates the necessary requests. It is argued that this kind of resource, perhaps employing additional knowledge domain specific information, is one that could be useful for web sites or portals of common interest groups. The approach is illustrated by a web site that enables a user to search the individual web sites of university level institutions in European Union-associated countries.
doi:10.1108/eum0000000007070 fatcat:hnm7spnwfngxto6oovg63k3xey