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Search Engine Reviews
Annotated Bibliography and Links
See also: Overviews, Links, Training, Newsgroups
& Mailing Lists and the Tools listing
Comparison of Free Search Engines
SearchTools.com, April 2006 by Yiling Chen
Concentrates on indexing, query processing, retrieval and relevance. Covers Alkaline, Fluid Dynamic, ht://Dig, Juggernautsearch, mnoGoSearch, Perlfect, SWISH-E, Webinator, and Webglimpse. All of these search engines are are free, mainly on Unix, and many are open source software.
- Search Engines: The Hunt
Is On Network Computing Magazine: October 16, 2000 by Avi Rappoport
In-depth discussion of search engines for e-commerce and other web sites covers
features and future trends, software vs. services, database vs. text searching, natural-language
searching, and open-source
search engines covering ht://Dig and mnoGoSearch (formerly UdmSearch).
The testing included indexing over 150,000 pages, and covered administration
tools, customization, search features, relevance ranking and search logs.
Products were Ultraseek (then Inktomi
Search) (which won Editor's Choice), AltaVista
Search, and Excalibur RetrievalWare,
services were Atomz Enterprise Search and Searchbutton Corporate, which has
since addressed some of the shortcomings reported. Also included an email
poll of Network Computing readers.
on James S. Huggins' Refrigerator Door update August 27, 2000
Cheerful personal discussion of how one technologist installed and evaluated
free versions of remote search services, covering Atomz
Search , FreeFind, PicoSearch, Searchbutton, SiteMiner,
Thunderstone Webinator and whatUseek.
Search to Your Site webmonkey, March 1, 2000 by Avi Rappoport
Describes remote search hosting services,
how they work, how to set up your site and customize the look and feel.
- SearchTools Review of Remote Search Services September 27, 1999 (updated October 2, 2000) by Avi Rappoport
Thorough discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of using remote
search services, how well their indexing robots handle standards and links,
search and relevance ranking features, search features, results customization,
maintenance and reporting.
- Add search to your site CNET Builder.com, November 17, 1998 by Avi Rappoport
A comprehensive set of instructions including background information, choosing
the right site search engine for your site, testing and installing the software,
designing the interface, and setting up a maintenance program. Includes many
links to sites and products, summaries of some of the most attractive programs
and an example of the installation process using the DNA
Files web site.
gegen den Compass Server (in German) late 1998, minor updates 1999,
by Walter Hafner
Evaluation compares Netscape Compass with ht://Dig, and PLWeb.
- SPEX: Evaluation Kits:
Web Search Engines SPEX, 1998
$4,000 evaluation kit covers AltaVista
Search Intranet 97, Dataware BRS/Search
and NetAnswer, Fulcrum Knowledge
Network, Excalibur RetrievalWare, Verity Search 97 Information Server and ZyIndex. PLS got a write-in vote.
- Mac servers
get more search tools MacWEEK, July 13, 1998 by Avi Rappoport
Description of the benefits and issues of site search tools, including indexers
vs. crawlers. Covers the features of iHound, Boolean Search, Phantom and WebSTAR Search.
Up Quality Searches Internet Computing, March, 1998 by Kevin Railsback
Comprehensive comparative review of AltaVista
eXtension 97, Integrated I-Search 3.0, Microsoft Index Server 2.0, Innotech Net Results 1.2, Verity
Search 97 Information Server and Netscape
Compass 3.0 (recommended).
Developer.Com Guide To Search Engines Wes Sonnenreich and Tim MacInta:
John Wiley & Sons, February 1998, ISBN 0471246387 $34.99.
A wide-ranging book covering everything from the beginnings of the robot
spiders crawling and indexing the web to analysis of the major webwide search
engines to detailed information on installing and configuring six local
site search tools. The programs covered are AltaVista
Search Intranet, Excite for Web Servers, Harvest, ht://Dig, Phantom and Ultraseek.
Also describes BDDBot: An ongoing collaborative
project, to create a Java web server and search spider, using open source
under the GNU public license. Use these links to buy from Amazon and you'll support this site.
- Bridging intranet profit and value Datamation, Dec. 1997/Jan.
1998 by C. Matthew Snow (page inaccessible as
Approaches the intranet search engine as a vital tool for staff to deploy
in closing deals. A case study of intranet search tools improving ROI and
improving corporate information management describes Parsons
Brinckerhoff, a New York City engineering firm. They use Fulcrum
Knowledge Network to set up conferencing, databases of work experience
and more. Other search tools are covered more lightly, but include unique
features, good and bad points, and user comments: AltaVista
Search Intranet, Lycos/InMagic, Microsoft Index Server and Infoseek
tools hold their own MacWEEK, December 1, 1997, by April Streeter
Short but thoughtful coverage, with user comments. Phantom,
Social Engineering Search Server, Limit Point Software Boolean
Search, Metasys Mango, Icatt iHound,
and Virginia Systems WebSonar.
of Pennsylvania Search Tools Evaluation 28 November, 1997
document; excellent testing
results table covers indexing, results, updating, support and cost issues
for AltaVista Search Intranet, Excite and Webinator; user
test results and more.
- Buyer's Guide: Search Engines WebServer OnLine, 1997 by Lang Zerner
Tables for platforms and configuration, indexing, document types, query
languages. Covers AltaVista, Fulcrum, Microsoft Index Server, Compass (now from Netscape), PLWeb Turbo, Excalibur, Verity Search '97 and Ultraseek.
- US Department of Education, Cross-Site
Indexing Project 1997
Another good example of the process of choosing and installing a site search
tool, in this case covering several Education Department sites. The group
set up a requirements document, and tested Netscape Catalog (later replaced
by Compass Server), InQuery, Verity Search '97 and Ultraseek, which they ultimately chose.
of Site Search Packages WebReview Nov. 21, 1997
Chart covering Excite, Microsoft
Index Server, ht://Dig, Verity
Search97, Netscape Catalog and SWISH.
Search Engines Get You Where You Want To Go Network Computer,
October 15, 1997, by Barry Nance.
Good, thorough coverage of AltaVista eXtension
97, Folio siteDirector 3.1, Ultraseek
1.1, Inmagic/Lycos, DB/Text Intranet
Spider, ISYS:Web 2.0, Phantom 2.0; Microsoft
Index Server 3.0, Netscape Compass
3.0, Quadralay WebWorks Search
2.0, Verity IntelliServe 1.0, freeWAIS
0.3, WebGlimpse 4.0B1 and SWISH
Engines for Searching Your Site (bonus chapter from Webmastering
for Dummies) by Daniel A. Tauber and Brenda Kienan, July 1997
Description of the issues of search engines, including how to make results
look good. Covers Excite for Web Servers, ht://Dig, SWISH and Microsoft Index Server.
- And Then
There Was One... Search Engine Shootout TidBITS, May 19, 1997, by
Adam C. Engst.
Real-life testing of several site search tools for the Tidbits web site,
covering various specialized solutions, Phantom,
and Apple e.g. (which won).
- Web Site Search Engines
(Appendices) The PIPER Letter: November, 1996
Covers Basis Webserver , Excerpt, Excite, Folio, freeWAIS-sf,
FrontPage, Fulcrum, Glimpse, ht://Dig, ICE,
Isearch, PL Web, Swish,
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