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information seeking experience refers to every relevant action, thought, or affective
response an individual is involved in or has while actively aware of a need for
information without the assumption of the stages or forward progression implicit in a
'process'" (Westbrook, 1995, p. 3).
Internet usage: The use (on at least a weekly basis) of the Internet to read and
participate in listservs and discussion groups, accessing Web sites and remote databases
for needed information, and/or for collaborative work (E-mail) with colleagues on
Search engine: A vendor supplied software program that allows one to search for
individual key words or bound phrases. These key words and bound phrases can be
combined by using the boolean operators "AND," "OR," and "NOT." Large, Tedd, and
Hartley (1999) described search engines as having "a component known as a Web spider
or Web crawler. This is a piece of software which regularly trawls the Web, visiting sites,
'reading' them, following up links both within the site and to other sites. The crawler
then 'reports back' the information from a site to the search engine" (p. 36). This
information is used to compile large indexes of Web sites. Most search engines also
supply defaults for searching categories. These categories might include information
about entertainment, sports, current news, or other similar areas of interest. Examples of
popular search engines include AltaVista, Excitesm, HotBot, InfoSeek, Lycos, and
Web CrawlerTM. Since no search engine indexes all of the Web, one of the latest
developments in search engines is meta-search engines. These specialized search engines
"send queries simultaneously to multiple Web search engines and/or Web directories.
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