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Evaluating news search tools

Abstract:

A range of factors influence the efficacy of news search tools, including frequency of spidering source websites, the range and age of sources indexed and the quality and depth of indexing. Evaluation should include testing the advanced search features and the output and display options, and monitoring search results over a period of time. Other features to check are ease of customization, detection of duplicate articles and the availability of alerts or RSS feeds.

Key words

evaluation

news search tools

Introduction

When you first start using a news search tool you’ll probably have no inclination to evaluate it. If you plan to use a particular tool on a regular basis you may find it useful to take ...

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