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02 Web Search

by samooresamoore (30 Aug 2009 15:07)

Short Answer Topics

1. How can a search engine's performance be evaluated?

2. List three ways search engines are different from each other?

04 Search Techniques And Strategies

by samooresamoore (30 Aug 2009 15:07)

1. Which one of the following would not be a correct search for

a. inurl:wikidot
b. site:bit330f08
d. inurl: bit330f08
e. none of the above

2. T/F

The asterik symbol (*) adds a single wild-card word to your search.

3. Which of the following is not useful to include when searching for a place?

a. area code
b. name of the business
c. address
d. the word "official"
e. none of the above

4. T/F

When starting a search query, it is always better to start with a general query and then narrow your search later on.

5. T/F

Using different name forms can return different results.

6. The correct query to perform a search for tigers but not the Detroit Tigers, with zoo in the url would be:

a. tigers -Detroit Tigers inurl:zoo
b. tigers -Detroit -Tigers site:zoo
c. tigers -"Detroit Tigers" inurl:zoo
d. tigers -"Detroit Tigers" site:zoo
e. none of the above

7. T/F - Using ' ' and " " produces different results.

ANSWERS: 1.b 2.F 3.e 4.F 5.T 6.c 7. F

Short Answer Topics

1. List three search query operators.

2. Explain two query modifiers can be used to get different results about the same topic.

05 More Search Techniques And Strategies

by samooresamoore (30 Aug 2009 15:07)

1. True/False

When you enter multiple, related items into "Google Sets", it will return a list of Web pages about groups containing your items.

2. Which of the following does not help you evaluate the credibility of a Web page?

a. Location of Web page (.edu,.org,etc.)
b. Number of links the Web page contains
c. Speaker's or writer's identity
d. Speaker's or writer's history

3. True/False

Using the word "or" instead of "OR" in your search engine query will not change the the list of results you receive.

Answers: 1. False, 2. B, 3. False

06 Web Directories

by samooresamoore (30 Aug 2009 15:07)

1. What of the following is not a primary purpose of Search Spiders?

a. Collect summaries of pages
b. Find updated page information
c. Follow web links
d. Index websites for web search engines
e. All of the above are primary purposes

2. Authors submit their web pages and documents to web directory services to have them categorized?

a. True
b. False

3. What was UseNet a primitive example of?

a. Web directory
b. E-Mail Lists
c. Glossary
d. Web Groups
e. Search Engine

4. What is one reason to use web directories? (Short Answer)

5. What is not a defining characteristic of Groups?

a. Messages are sent between users
b. Messages are sometimes searchable
c. Messages are organized by category
d. Messages are highly-personalized
e. Messages are stored in a central location

6. Which of the following is not a directory site?

a. Mahalo
b. Alltop
c. Starting Point
d. Yahoo Directory

1. A
2. B
3. D
4. "Useful when starting a new search and browsing to find a category"
5. C
6. E

07 RSS Intro

by samooresamoore (30 Aug 2009 15:07)

1. What does RSS stand for?

a. Really Simple Syndication
b. Rich Site Summary
c. RDF Site Summary
d. All of the above

2. RSS is a specific application of what?

b. XML
d. CSS

3. What are some of the benefits of RSS?

a. It can easily be translated into HTML for display purposes
b. You can specify "fields" that can be searched
c. RSS is an open definition so anyone can use it
d. A and B
e. A and C
f. All of the above

4. If you never update your website, you should set up an RSS feed.

a. True
b. False

5. What sort of information would most likely be included in a title tag?

a. The author
b. The publication date
c. The website where the feed was published
d. None of the above

6. What are the two types of RSS feeds?

a. Static and keyword-based
b. Static and dynamic
c. Single and aggregated
d. Keyword-based and dynamic

7. Name three online feed readers.

Answers: d, b, f, b, d, a, Examples: Bloglines, Google Reader, My Yahoo…

09 News Search

by samooresamoore (30 Aug 2009 15:07)

1. Name three online news services.

2. The news never sleeps.

a. True
b. False

3. Using online news services could be helpful in which situation?

a. Learning what caused the major financial crisis occurring today.
b. Preparing you for an interview.
c. Remembering what Finance homework you have due tomorrow.
d. A and C
e. A and B

4. NewsVoyager is Professor Moore's favorite online news site because it is constantly updated, allowing you to always find local newspapers from all around the United States.

a. True
b. False

5. Google News is an excellent tool because you can personalize your own home page to show you the news you want to see.

a. True
b. False

6. The three major online news services all have which advanced search features in common?

a. Searching by a specific source/site.
b. Sorted by relevance/date.
c. Searching by location.
d. Sorting by exact dates.
e. B, C, and D
f. All of the above

7. Using an online news search can be very helpful in finding good RSS feeds.

a. True
b. False

8. Google News Archive search has a useful feature called __ that allows you to view the number of references of a topic during specific years in a convenient and easy-to-use bar chart.

1. Google News, Yahoo News, and AltaVista News.
2. a
3. e
4. b
5. a
6. f
7. a
8. Timeline

11 The Deep Web

by samooresamoore (30 Aug 2009 15:07)

1. Which of the following does not make up the Deep Web?

a. Real-time information
b. Pages that are proprietary
c. Content in news articles
d. Disconnected pages
e. Content retrieved as a result of filling out forms

2. T/F

Use Google Scholar after you use other Deep Web search tools as starting places for exploring.

3. T/F

A general web search has a complete understanding of all web "structure."

4. T/F

The Invisible Web and the Deep Web are the same thing.

5. Which of the following are attributes of an academic search engine?

a. Comprehensive
b. Integrated across databases
c. Not transparent as to what it contains or doesn't contain
d. Both a and b
e. All of the above


1. c 2. F 3. F 4. T 5. d

14 Page Monitors

by samooresamoore (30 Aug 2009 15:07)

1. Which of the following is not a way a page monitor can be delivered?

a. Summary web page
b. Bookmarking site
c. Email
d. RSS Feed
e. None of the above

2. How does WatchThatPage deliver changes to a user?

a. Summary web page
b. Bookmarking site
c. Email
d. RSS Feed
e. None of the above

3. Which of the following would a user not be able to use if a RSS feed didn't exist on for a page?

a. Dapper
b. FeedRinse
c. FeedYes
d. Feed43
e. None of the above

4. T/F

Dapper allows you to get an RSS feed for more things than just news and blogs such as searches.

5. Which of the following is not an operator for Yahoo Pipes?

a. Filter
b. Sort
c. Union
d. Count
e. Fetch Feed

6. Short Answer

List 3 examples of pages a user would want to track.


1. b 2. c 3. b 4. T 5. e


  • Track company's press release page
  • Find out when a new version of software is released
  • Track a product category
  • Monitor product information
  • Track auctions
  • Track new jobs
  • Monitor earnings releases
  • Etc.

15 Tag Based Sites

by samooresamoore (30 Aug 2009 15:07)

1. What do Delicious, Digg, and Furl have in common?

a. They are social bookmarking sites.
b. They are social news sites.
c. They are tag-based sites.
d. Both a and c
e. Both b and c

2. StumbleUpon's Stumble! feature delivers high-quality pages based on:

a. Rankings from your friends and like-minded stumblers
b. Your previous searches
c. Your choice of hundreds of interests
d. Both a and b
e. All of the above


1. c 2. e

16 Image Search

by samooresamoore (30 Aug 2009 15:07)

1. Which image search engine allows you to upload images and search for related images?

a. Pixolu

b. Exolead

c. Picitup

d. Tineye

2. Which image search engine is German based and also Professor Moore's favorite?

a. Pixolu

b. Exalead

c. Picitup

d. Tineye

3. Of the image search engines that require a royalty, which one does Professor Moore use (despite its insanely high cost)?

a. StockXpert

b. DreamsTime

c. iStockPhoto

d. Getty Images

4. Which image search engine allows you to create an account and store your 'favorite photos'?

a. Exalead

b. Picitup

c. Google Image Search

d. Flickr

5. What is the relationship between Flickr and Compflight?

a. They are the exact same company

b. Compflight is a device to search Flickr database

c. Flickr is a search tool for Compflight

d. There is no relationship, completely independent companies.

6. Can you search for news images directly from Google News Search

a. True

b. False


1. d
2. a
3. c
4. a
5. b
6. b

17 Custom Search

by samooresamoore (30 Aug 2009 15:07)

What custom search can be embedded on a webpage?

A. Rollyo
B. Google Custom Search
C. Build A Search
D. None

What service does Topicle depend on?

A. Google
B. Yahoo
C. Ask
D. Their own search

Name two custom search engines

Swicki, Rollyo, Topicle, Google

T/F Google has a public listing of custom searches


What is a reason to use custom search tools instead of standard search?

Which custom search tool uses "SearchRolls"

A. Swicki
B. Rollyo
C. Google Custom Search
D. Topicle

22 Videos And Music Search

by samooresamoore (30 Aug 2009 15:07)


  • Be sure to check the lecture page, 22-Videos and music search, about the remaining dates of class. Remember that the last day of class is when your term project will be pretty much done and will be presented in class.
  • The next class (Monday) is when the Google guest speaker will be there. PLEASE ATTEND! It promises to be one of the best classes of the semester :)
    • Please don't use computers during Monday's class.

Industry Update

An Explanation of 'Academics'

Lecture: Video and Music Search

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