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Comparing Web search engine performance in searching consumer health information: evaluation and recommendations.

Authors
  • Wu, G
  • Li, J
Type
Published Article
Journal
Bulletin of the Medical Library Association
Publication Date
Oct 01, 1999
Volume
87
Issue
4
Pages
456–461
Identifiers
PMID: 10550031
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Identifying and accessing reliable, relevant consumer health information rapidly on the Internet may challenge the health sciences librarian and layperson alike. In this study, seven search engines are compared using representative consumer health topics for their content relevancy, system features, and attributes. The paper discusses evaluation criteria; systematically compares relevant results; analyzes performance in terms of the strengths and weaknesses of the search engines; and illustrates effective search engine selection, search formulation, and strategies.

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