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Search Engine Analysis Project Technology Enhanced Instruction Follow the steps below carefully to complete this assignment 1. Browse various search engines from any source (here are a few places to start: Search engines (SearchEngineWatch.com) , Search engines from Pandia.com, Wikipedia list of search engines, Internet Tutorials SUNY-Albany ). Get a feel for several and how they work...try a sample query, etc. 2. Pick 3 engines that you are most interested in or that seem the best for you. Identify each as a directory, a single search engine, or a metasearch engine. Don't pick the search tool you always use (try something other than Google.) 3. Develop a search string/phrase to try on each of the search engines. These search strings/phrases should be well designed as they are to test the efficiency and thoroughness of each engine. You need to decide what you think would be effective phrases or keywords to use to test these engine. Please choose search strings/phrases that pertain to an educational topic of your choice (example cooperative learning and middle school science, etc.) Experiment with Boolean commands to see if it changes your search results; use Boolean commands if needed. 4. Using the search string you develop independently, test all 3 of the engines for at least three different categories you consider to be important in a search engine. Examples might be: accuracy, ease of use, efficiency, thoroughness or speed. Rate each category 1- 10 (1 being terrible, 10 being excellent). 5. Using MS Word, create a short lab report of your results that includes: a) The 3 search engines you picked. What type of engine each is: directory, crawler, or a combination of these. b) The phrase, keywords, etc. that you used to test each engine. Be sure to state WHY/HOW you decided on the syntax of the search string in terms of why it would be an effective test of various engines. c) A chart or graph to report the results from #4 above. Be sure to include an "overall" category that is an average of the others. d) A statement about which engine you think is the best FOR YOU to use based on your research. State clearly WHY it is your choice.
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