Commercial search engines and Resource Library

 



 

Search engines give nearly instantaneous results but they are not very smart. If you go to the reference desk in a brick and mortar library, and ask the librarian help in finding information on a specialized subject, the librarian will ask you some questions to get a better idea of what you are looking for. Search engines don't yet do this -- yet. If you spend time looking up information on the Web, it pays to learn how to use search engines to your benefit. [1]

Algorithm-driven search engines use links pointing to a site as one of the factors determining page placement of search results. Traditional Fine Arts Organization, Inc (TFAO)'s site has a higher count of links pointing to its site than most other sites dedicated to American art.[2]

To best obtain Resource Library and Traditional Fine Arts Organization, Inc (TFAO) content using popular algorithm-driven search engines such as Google and Yahoo, always use their advanced search option and limit the search solely within the tfaoi.com domain or tfaoi.org domain. Tfaoi.com searches usually produce more results than tfaoi.org searches.[3]

To find an artist via search in domains other than tfaoi.com or tfaoi.com, TFAO recommends placing the word "artist" after the first and last name of the artist. If this approach doesn't work well, do the search again by adding additional keywords to limit the results. Types of additional keywords can include:

Google Book Search provides a free tool that allows people to search the full text of a large number of books to find ones of interest and learn where to buy or borrow them. See Google's page About Google Book Search to learn more about this service.

As of 2011, Blekko, an alternative, human-curated search engine, was generating results which place content-intensive pages - such as those from TFAO's website - in the front page of search results.

 

Notes:

1. Readers using search engines directly access words or phrases in any Resource Library page without going through a "portal" page. Specialized image search engines easily retrieve images in Resource Library. TFAO does not change the URL addresses of Resource Library content pages once published in order to guarantee longevity of readers' bookmarks and references placed in pages of other Web sites. See the TFAO digital library sections on content retrieval and usage for more information.

2. For instance, in August 2011 ranking.com found 22,237 links pointing to TFAO's site. Following are August 2011 ranking.com data for selected other sites devoted exclusively to American art:

3. From the founding of Resource Library in 2006 to April 6, 2004 all content was placed in the domain tfaoi.com As of April 7, 2004 new content began being posted at tfaoi.org. Content published previous to April 7, 2004 remains available at the prior domain name, tfaoi.com. This is a courtesy to both readers who created bookmarks for specific Resource Library pages prior to the establishment of tfaoi.org and as a courtesy to scholars who placed references to tfaoi.com Resource Library pages in their articles and essays. To guarantee complete results with advanced search use both "tfaoi.org" and "tfaoi.com."


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