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People often use the terms "Internet" and
"Web" interchangeably, when in fact, the Web makes
up only a small fraction of the entire Internet — albeit
one of the most popular.
In fact, to search engines, the second most
important Internet application after the Web is news. All
search engines featured in this book have a specialized news
document search interface, except for Copernic and MSN
Search. But the latter does report news clips on its
News search interfaces work a bit differently for each
search engine. Copernic is the most individual, since it
treats news as a search engine category, involving a set of
source search engines specialized in the news Internet
Click on the "News" tab while in any
of the search entry screens. This branches you to another
screen for news. In the advanced news search screen, in addition to a text box for search terms,
you will find various boxes to select or enter:
Location in the article text: in the headline, URL,
or anywhere in the article.
There, in addition to a text box for search
terms, you will find various drop-down menu boxes to select:
Topic category: Top Stories, Business, Finance, and so on.
Major geographical region: Africa, Europe, United
Kingdom, and so on.
Reference Section 6.2: Geographical region of server.
News document age: selected from a drop-down menu, in
increments ranging from "Today/Yesterday" to
"Any time." You can also choose a specific range
of dates option in the drop-down menu.
Reference Section 6.2: File age.
Click on the "News" tab, choose "All
Topics" in the drop-down menu, and type
Bell Centre as a phrase in the text box.
You can also select news topic categories and particular news
stories from hyperlinks given at two levels on the screen below
the above boxes. The first level of choices for AltaVista Canada appears below:
Has a news search engine group that has the following
categories of news search engines:
By country: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Portugal, UK.
By language: French, German, Italian, Spanish.
By topic: business, technology, sports.
By topic and country: sports in France, technology in France.
By topic and language: technology news in French.
By newspaper and country: newspapers (U.S.), newspapers in France.
Some of the above mix search engine by Internet application with some other method of establishing search engine specialization, namely, topic, language, and country.
In addition, Copernic provides a category called "Top News," which invokes the major Internet news search engines, such as those of AltaVista, Google, FAST (now owned by Yahoo), Yahoo, MSN, ABC, and so on.
Provides a separate "news" link on its
simple search interfaces. Click on it to go to a news screen.
That screen will be full of headlines. For stories not already on the page, you can:
Enter search terms in the text box provided. Apply the search term against the news catalog, or more generally, against a wider set of catalogs. Do this by using either the "Search News" or the "Search the Web" buttons to start the search.
Search for Bell Centre as a
phrase, and then press "Search News."
Search and browse 4,500
news sources updated continuously.
Google news search entry uses a combination method, searching by both keyword and subject category.
Choose links to branch to various sections of the news
interface page for stories:
From various topic categories, namely, Business,
Sci/tech, Sports, Entertainment, and Health.
From the single "Top stories" category.
From news sources all over the world or just from the
In news search,
only certain field operators work :
For intitle: and intext: field
operators: Reference Section
6.2: URL (resource) or site Internet address.
For inurl: and site: field
operators: Reference Section 6.2: Document file section or location.
The fields on Google advanced news search
entry interface are shown below.
Its simple search interface provides a link
to a simple news search interface.
Or, you can select the "News" category
directly from the MSN's subject directory to obtain news
categorized in a multi-level way.
One of the branches in the first news screen
leads to an advanced search interface for MSNBC News (msnbc.msn.com/?id=3053419),
as you see below. In this interface, you can search by one
of topic, section (news category, as you see down the left
margin of the screenshot), or author, in conjunction with
news item age.