Home - Assignments - Getting a Web Page Indexed by an Internet Search Engine - Phase Five


In this last phase of the assignment you will search various popular search engines to see if they have indexed your web page, and if they have, how they indexed it. Has it been indexed under only terms found in the visible text of your web page? Has it been indexed using the metadata tags that you provided?

With each search engine perform separate searches for terms found in the visible text and for terms found only in your metadata tags. (For example, your name appears only in a metadata tag, as does the phrase "automatic indexing.")

Write up a report of the sites you searched, the terms you used, and the results. This will be sent via e-mail to your instructor. You will also be asked to verbally share your experiences with your colleagues in class.

You may search other sites in addition to the ones listed below. If so, be sure to report which search engines you used, whether you used the advanced search screen, and which terms you used in your searches.

Search Engines to be Queried

Perform Multiple Searches

First of all, try searching on your metadata terms:

Next perform searches on keywords found in the title or text of your web page. For example, you might wish to search on your Tolkien character. Again, if your search retrieves too many items to scan try narrowing your search. Record each search and the results. The fact that a search does not bring desired results is informative.

Results Tally

Record your results in a table as seen below. Even if you do not have to use quotation marks to create a phrase search when using an advanced search screen please place the phrase in quotations in your tally so that it is clear what type of search you used.

Not all search engines give you the total number of items retrieved. In such cases, for a large retrieval set you do not have to count the retrieved items.

In some cases the search engine will give you a sampling but ask if you would like to see other "similar" items. This may appear as a message like "If you like, you can repeat the search with the omitted results included." Be sure to click on this option, as the web page you are trying to find may be considered similar to other pages presented. In other words, ask the search engine for everything found.

Database Query Limiters Used
(if any)
Number Retrieved
(if given)
Results for My Web Page
Google Advanced "donna Bair-Mundy" site:hawaii.edu 309 Too many to scroll through. Chose to refine search.
Google Advanced galadriel's "donna Bair-Mundy" site:hawaii.edu 3 Alas, not retrieved. But did give me phase 2 and 3 instructions and my Dublin Core Powerpoint.

Send Instructor Your Results

Send your results to the instructor attached to an e-mail.

Search Hints

Google Advanced Search - Google tends to pull up many, many web pages in response to a query. In order to narrow your search use the name of the domain where your web page is posted: hawaii.edu.

Yahoo! Advanced Web Search - You can also narrow your search to a particular domain when using the Yahoo Advanced Search screen.

Alta Vista Advanced Web Search - When using the AltaVista advanced search option you can limit the results by date. Since your web page was created recently this means you can really narrow the results by limiting the search to July 2010.

Good luck searching! If your web page has not been indexed by the time this phase of the project is due, hand in your negative results. Then try searching again a week later.

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