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News Document Search Interfaces (from Reference Manual)

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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 findings pages.

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 application.
 

 
AlltheWeb

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.
  • Language: including encoding method.
  • Topic category: Business, Finance, Technology, Sports, Traffic, Weather, Entertainment.
  • Major geographical region: International, United States, local. Reference Section 6.2: Geographical region of server.
  • Internet domain of the news source: can be used to include or exclude particular sources.
Enter cnn.com for news from CNN. Then use the domain suffix to specify the country as being the United Kingdom, i.e., domain suffix uk. Reference Section: 6.2: URL (resource) or site Internet address.
  • Specific geographical location: e.g., France, Colorado, San Diego.
  • News source (creator): e.g., CNN, New York Times.
  • News document age: selected from a drop-down menu, using increments ranging from the last 2 hours to the last week, to "All pages" still in the news catalog. Reference Section 6.2: File age.
  • Whether to sort findings by relevance or by date: Reference Section 6.3: Overall ordering.
Search for -
Language -
Find results written in
 
  
News
Sources -
 All
 International  US News
 Various Local News  Business
 Finance  Technology
 Sports  Traffic
 Weather  Entertainment
Domain
Filters -
Filter results from specific domains (com, gov, dell.com, etc.)
Include results from
Exclude results from
Location - Filter results by newspapers from a specific region
(France, Colorado, San Diego)
Search articles from newspapers in
Source - Filter results by news sources (News York Times, CNN, etc.)
Search articles from
Found -
Within
Presentation -
Display   results per page
Sort results -
 Relevance  Date
 
AltaVista

Click on the "News" tab to go to the news search entry interface.
 

Web

 Image

 MP3/Audio

 Video

 Directory

 News

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.
 
Search Tip:Looking for news articles from British newspapers only ? Try the search command "domain:"


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:
 

   
Copernic
For the details on Copernic's categories, see Search Tool Guide: Search Tool Guide Control Center.

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.

   
Google

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 U.S.
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.
 

Find
results

with all of the words


with the exact phrase

with at least one of the words

without the words

News source

Return only articles from the
 news source named

 
e.g. CNN, New York Times

Location

Return only articles from news
 sources located in

 
A country or a U.S. state

Occurrences

Return results where my
 terms occur

Date

 

 


 More about Google news search:
www.googleguide.com/news.html.
 
 
MSN Search

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.

 

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Effective Internet Search: E-Searching Made Easy!          Baylin Systems, Inc., 2006