Information Retrieval


Don't use Google exclusively, but don't count it out, either.

Submitted by Karl on Tue, 10/14/2003 - 14:46

David Dillard invites us to read his lengthy post on NetGold about how search engines, while not the end-all of research, do have their place in scholarly information retrieval. Specifically, he was looking for references to the term "Tourismification" in order to respond to a discussion thread in a sociology forum. He had no luck with the social science databases he normally turns to, but Google found him paydirt: Notice the Google search picked up in the

PEEPs in the Library

Submitted by Blake on Sun, 04/20/2003 - 11:55

"Although scientific and health research has been conducted on Peeps, most notably that appearing on the Peep Research website (see, we have noted an absence of research focusing on the ability of Peeps themselves to actually do research. To address this lack, we invited a small group of Peeps to visit Staley Library at Millikin University during the week of March 17-21, 2003 so that we could more closely observe their research practices.

Genealogy Exploding Online

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 09/24/2002 - 13:52

Gary Deane was kind enough to point at \"This NYTimes Story that says online genealogy sites have amassed more than a million paid subscriptions and annual revenue approaching the $100 million level.
\"The Internet has really fueled this activity because it\'s made it easy to transfer data, collaborate and do research without traveling around,\" said Curt Witcher, president of the National Genealogical Society. \"It\'s been phenomenal.\"

Meta search engines

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 09/17/2002 - 09:45

Sabrina Pacifici writes \"The Meta Search Engines: A Web Searcher\'s Best Friends, by Daniel Bazac, takes on the topic of the often maligned meta search engines. He reviews a wide range of services according to: the amount and the relevance of their results, their capability to handle advanced searches, their ability to enable users to customize searches, and the speed of their searches. New on LLRX for September 16, 2002.

F.B.I. Database Information Retrieval Issues

Submitted by Blake on Mon, 06/10/2002 - 09:14

Richard Feldman writes \"NY TIMES has a story entitled \"Computer System That Makes Data Secure, but Hard to Find\".Does someone want to attempt to keep track of the media coverage of this story? \"
\"This notion of not having information shouldn\'t be an excuse going forward,\" said Eric E. Schmidt, the chief executive of Google Inc., the Internet search firm that enables millions of Internet users to sift through billions of Web pages daily. \"As big as the government is,\" Mr. Schmidt said, \"the Web is bigger.\"