Chapter 1 New Perspectives on Web Search Engine Research

  • Dirk Lewandowski
  • April 2012, Emerald
  • DOI: 10.1108/s1876-0562(2012)002012a003

New Perspectives on Web Search Engine Research

What is it about?

The purpose of this chapter is to give an overview of the context of Web search and search engine-related research, as well as to introduce the reader to the sections and chapters of the book. We review literature dealing with various aspects of search engines, with special emphasis on emerging areas of Web searching, search engine evaluation going beyond traditional methods, and new perspectives on Web searching. The approaches to studying Web search engines are manifold. Given the importance of Web search engines for knowledge acquisition, research from different perspectives needs to be integrated into a more cohesive perspective. The chapter suggests a basis for research in the field and also introduces further research directions.

Why is it important?

The chapter gives a concise overview of the topics dealt within the book and also shows directions for researchers interested in Web search engines.

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