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Informatics A software tool–eg, www.google.com for finding information from various sources online, usually by typing a few keywords. See Keyword. Cf Web crawler.
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This large-scale study provides insights into Web searching with implications for developing better search engines and services.
Selected findings, summarized below, provide interesting insights into current patterns of public Web searching, including how people structure their Web searches, what they search for, and search behavior in special topic areas.
Overall, Web searching involves a small percentage of high-frequency terms and many low-frequency terms.
Spink, Yang, Nykanen, Lorence, Ozmutlu, and Ozmutlu (in press) found that a small percentage of Web searching is medical or health-related.
amp;uot;1999 was a notable year for Web searching tools, which made it difficult to narrow it down to the top ten,&uot; said Chris Sherman, Web Search Guide for About.