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a computer program that retrieves documents or files or data from a database or from a computer network (especially from the internet)

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Lemur Consulting, a search engine company, is part of a consortium that has been awarded a UK Department of Trade and Industry grant of GBP815,000 to build a next generation web search engine.
Most Web search engines are commercial ventures supported by advertising revenue and, as a result, some employ the controversial practice of allowing advertisers to pay money to have their listings ranked higher in search results.
These children were effective in designing interfaces for Web search engines from their own perspectives.
Governments may think it's their duty to let the Web search engines deliver taxpayer-supported data to constituents.
This site boasts a powerful search engine, CPA Online PowerSearch, that, in addition to scanning its own site, links to a dozen Web search engines to locate exactly what you need.
Web search engines often provide an excessive number of sites to screen, and provide no guide to data quality.
An alternate approach to locating additional Web sites is to use one of the Web search engines.
Classifieds sites, news outlets, and premium content providers are facing increased competition from news aggregators, Web search engines and a variety of alternative information sources like blogs, citizen journalism, and other new, nimble challengers.
Web search engines for children: A comparative study and performance evaluation of Yahooligans
He has updated the 1999 first edition of The Extreme Searcher's Guide to Web Search Engines to provide a librarian's insights into using these tools.
Besides simultaneously searching 15 of the best Web search engines, it also checks some Net locations you might otherwise ignore, including the news groups, FTP sites (for file downloads) and other out-of-the-way spots.
PriceGrabber and other Web search engines may have helped tame the incredible amount of information available on the World Wide Web.
However, for some searches, general Web search engines such as HotBot or AltaVista using a .
He developed The Extreme Searcher's Guide to Web Search Engines from the courses he teaches on searching the Web, to "help the researcher achieve acceptable search results in terms of being able to find an adequate number of appropriate relevant documents.
Popular Web search engines include Yahoo (http://www.