12.0389 search engines for WWW?

Humanist Discussion Group (humanist@kcl.ac.uk)
Tue, 2 Feb 1999 21:51:38 +0000 (BST)

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 12, No. 389.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

[1] From: Einat Amitay <einat@mpce.mq.edu.au> (19)
Subject: Experiment - search engine results

[2] From: "James J. O'Donnell" <jod@ccat.sas.upenn.edu> (17)
Subject: content searching HTML

Date: Tue, 02 Feb 1999 21:41:17 +0000
From: Einat Amitay <einat@mpce.mq.edu.au>
Subject: Experiment - search engine results

Hi all,

My name is Einat Amitay and I'm a PhD student with MRI & CSIRO,
Macquarie University, Australia.

I would like to ask you to take part in an online experiment I'm
conducting. It would take about 5 minutes of your time and would help me
in further developing my system (related to search engine results on the
web - you'll be able to learn more after completing the experiment).

All you need is to go to the URL below and answer a few questions (no
personal questions). The results gathered would be reported in the
context of the system and since I collect no personal data there will be
no mentioning of people or places.

The URL:

Thanks for participating!

Einat Amitay

--[2]------------------------------------------------------------------ Date: Tue, 02 Feb 1999 21:44:57 +0000 From: "James J. O'Donnell" <jod@ccat.sas.upenn.edu> Subject: content searching HTML

For our archive of the second-oldest humanities journal on the net, Bryn Mawr Classical Review, http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/bmcr, we are using Excite to offer readers the chance to search content. Want to find all the reviews we've published that mention "Pindar": search here. That sort of thing.

But the results are not pleasant. i'm looking for advice about the best search engine to use that would do such simple searches effectively, giving a high-quality list of hits -- all the Pindar reviews and nothing but the Pindar reviews. I think what I want is something that *isn't* smart: no fuzzy searches. (I just searched "Parkes" for a book by somebody named Parkes, and it came out in the search way down the list, behind a review of a book by Parker, for example.) Free availability would be a plus, but we could certainly pay something, esp. to install and configure.

Replies to: Jim O'Donnell Classics, U. of Penn. jod@ccat.sas.upenn.edu

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