Evaluating Web search engines

Lewandowski, D. (2011). Evaluating web search engines. Online Information Review, 35(6).

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Purpose – The purpose of this Guest Editorial is to introduce the theme of this special issue.

Design/methodology/approach – A brief summary is given of the research purposes in Web search engine evaluation.

Findings – While there are established evaluation methods in IR, Web search engines have to be treated separately. Evaluating them is of special importance, not only due to their wide usage, but also from a societal point of view. As search engines are used for a variety of purposes, studies with a wide focus are needed, and studies dealing with specialised information are required as well.

Originality/value – This editorial sets the theme for the special issue and establishes the context of the work presented in the papers.