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A program that when initiated by a search command from a user interface examines a body of data for items satisfying the search criteria and returns the items or their locations to the ...

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A Dictionary of Journalism

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Current Version:
2014
Subject:
Media studies
Length:
57 words

...search engine A website that searches public areas of the internet on behalf of users who type in what it is they wish to search for. Search engines have become an important way of driving traffic towards the websites of news providers, hence the development of search engine optimization techniques. See also Google ; keywords ; SERPs...

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A Dictionary of Social Media

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2016
Subject:
Media studies
Length:
135 words

...search engine ( internet search engine , web search engine ) A web-based tool designed to enable users to locate information, documents, and other content on the web, using bots to create a searchable index and filtering algorithms to identify and rank relevant results of search queries (primarily based on the use of keywords ). Popular general-purpose search engines include Google, Yahoo!, and Bing, which employ different methods and so produce different results. E-commerce sites such as Amazon and eBay include special-purpose search engines. Amazon...

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A Dictionary of the Internet (3 ed.)

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Current Version:
2013

...search engine A program that searches for resources on the Internet. These include web sites, files, information about people or geographical...

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A Dictionary of Marketing (4 ed.)

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2016
Subject:
Social sciences, Business and Management
Length:
101 words

... engine An application programme on the World Wide Web that seeks out and indexes documents, then attempts to match documents relevant to a user’s search requests. A search engine powers the search process and provides results for a search destination. A search destination can use its own engine, a third-party engine, or a combination. Knowing the difference between an engine and a destination is important when submitting URLs; a destination using its own engine can accept direct submissions, while a destination using external engines may or may not...

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A Dictionary of Media and Communication (2 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2016
Subject:
Media studies
Length:
25 words

... engine Software that identifies and retrieves relevant content on the internet related to specific keywords entered by a user. See also Boolean operators ; metatag ....

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A Dictionary of Computer Science (7 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2016

... engine A program that when initiated by a search command from a user interface examines a body of data for items satisfying the search criteria and returns the items or their locations to the interface. The data could be, say, a literary database or information about very large numbers of World Wide Web sites. Google, Alta Vista, and Yahoo are examples of web search engines...

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The Oxford Companion to the Book

Reference type:
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Current Version:
2010
Subject:
History, Social sciences
Length:
251 words

... engine ( web search engine ) Search engine s are digital information retrieval tools that query content—specific material, broader collections, or the entire *World Wide Web —and return direct links to digital objects. These digital tools, which began to appear in 1990 , are descendants of centuries of information retrieval tools, from memory palaces, to book-shelf lists, *bibliographies , *catalogues , and *indexes . Before search engine s, the WWW used Gopher protocols for data retrieval systems. (Text data mining is a related information...

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A Dictionary of Public Health (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2018

...search engine An Internet-based indexing system to search for and retrieve information from the World Wide Web, specifically from libraries and other reference sources, such as the US National Library of Medicine. In the health field, this is probably the most widely used source, but for general searches several powerful tools are available. The best known probably is Google, which is accessed at http://www.google.com . ...

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A Dictionary of Business and Management (6 ed.)

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2016
Subject:
Social sciences, Business and Management
Length:
63 words

... engine A service provided on the Internet that enables the user to search for items of interest. Some, such as the widely used Google, Yahoo, and Bing, are free and attempt to capture information from the whole range of material available on the net. Others are subscription-based but in return provide access to specialist publications, full-text retrieval capabilities, or other added-value...

search engine submission

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A Dictionary of the Internet (3 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2013

...search engine submission The process of submitting a Web site to a search engine so that it can be indexed and hence be retrieved by users of that search engine...

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A Dictionary of Marketing (4 ed.)

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2016
Subject:
Social sciences, Business and Management
Length:
29 words

... engine submission The act of supplying a URL to a search engine in an attempt to make a search engine aware of a site or...

meta search engine

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A Dictionary of Business and Management (6 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2016
Subject:
Social sciences, Business and Management
Length:
38 words

...search engine A search engine that submits keywords typed by users to a range of other search engines in order to increase the number of relevant pages, since different search engines may have indexed different...

search engine spam

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A Dictionary of Marketing (4 ed.)

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2016
Subject:
Social sciences, Business and Management
Length:
25 words

... engine spam The excessive manipulation to influence search engine rankings, often for pages of little or no relevant content. See also black hat seo...

specialized search engine

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A Dictionary of the Internet (3 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2013

...specialized search engine A search engine associated with a particular topic such as Shakespearean studies. It functions very much like a conventional search engine, but it only searches a small area of the Internet: connected with the topic it deals...

search engine positioning

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A Dictionary of Social Media

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2016
Subject:
Media studies
Length:
76 words

...search engine positioning ( SEP ) 1. (search engine results placement, SERP, SERP ranking) The location of an item of content in a list of search engine results (for particular search terms). Items in the highest positions in these lists generate substantial traffic. See also Matthew effect ; position checking ; ranking ; search engine results page ; search engine results placement . 2. (SEO, search engine optimization) The use of SEO to achieve a higher search engine ranking...

blog search engine

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A Dictionary of the Internet (3 ed.)

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2013

...blog search engine A search engine that contains details of blog s, for example such a search engine would allow the user to discover blogs associated with journalists who specialize in financial...

vertical search engine

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A Dictionary of Social Media

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2016
Subject:
Media studies
Length:
43 words

...vertical search engine A special-purpose or niche-specific web search engine designed to index and retrieve content on a particular topic (such as shopping, jobs, or travel), or a particular media type such as a blog search engine. See also search engines ; targeted traffic...

search engine optimization

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A Dictionary of the Internet (3 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2013

...search engine optimization The process of structuring a Web site and employing content that ensures that whenever a search engine retrieves pages in response to a search the site is one of the first to be...

blog search engine

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A Dictionary of Social Media

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2016
Subject:
Media studies
Length:
28 words

...blog search engine An online search tool for locating blog entries by keywords or to list those linked to a given URL . See also social search...

search engine spamming

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A Dictionary of Social Media

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2016
Subject:
Media studies
Length:
60 words

...search engine spamming ( spamdexing ) Using unethical and unprofessional techniques designed to manipulate a search engine so that a webpage’s ranking is far higher than is appropriate for its content or usefulness to users. Such techniques are against search engine guidelines and attract penalties. See also artificial links ; black hat SEO ; link farming ; link spam ; over-optimization ; relevancy ; splog...

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