Information Today (2012)

copyright 2012 by Nicholas G. Tomaiuolo, M.L.S., Elihu Burritt Library, Central Connecticut State University

 Nick Tomaiuolo's test of Gigablast's Custom Topic Search, Rollyo, and Google Custom Search Engine Interactive -- Try 'em !

Try your medical/health search in each of the custom search engines below and compare your results.  Here are my results for the search "h1n1 vaccine"

These 5 Web sites searched in all 3 services (note: no specially weighting was given to the results; only top level domains are searched):

Centers for Disease Control

The Mayo Clinic

National Center for Biotechnology Information

National Library of Medicine



Gigablast goes first


Rollyo goes next

note: pull down the menu and select Health Resources search

Google Custom Search Engine goes last -- remember only top level domains are searched; no tweaking has been done in any of the custom engines.



Test Results

Results for my test search for "H1N1 vaccine":

about 118 items retrieved from Gigablast (first ten = 1 cdc, 7 WebMD, 2 Mayo Clinic)

about 11,300 items retrieved via Rollyo (first ten all from the CDC)

for custom searches Google does not estimate the number of results (first ten = 8 from CDC, then 1 from Mayo Clinic then 1 from CDC )

Have a question or comment about the book or these links? Please email the author at nick DOT tomaiuolo AT gmail DOT com

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