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Dirty Secrets of Search

From thte NYT of Sunday February 13, 2011

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/13/business/13search.html?_r=1

One Response to “Dirty Secrets of Search”

  1. Daniel Goldstein says:

    This line from the article points out the essential difference between google and the kinds of bibliographic databases subscribed to by the library.

    ‘In deriving organic results, Google’s algorithm takes into account dozens of criteria, many of which the company will not discuss”

    With (most of) the library databases, you can control (or figure out afterwards) exactly what the search algorithm did with your search terms, why you got the results you did, and why they are in the order they are. This capability is essential for systematic research. Without it you aren’t in control.

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