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clinmed/1999120015v1 (December 22, 1999)
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Are custom built trauma and orthopaedic internet search engines any use?

Adriano M. Sala Tenna, Patrick D.R. Addison, and Christopher W. Oliver

The World Wide Web has revolutionised the way that people access information and has opened up new possibilities in areas such as; digital libraries, general and scientific information dissemination and retrieval, education, commerce, entertainment, medicine, and health care. Internet search engines allow a large amount of information to be searched. However the Internet search engines are limited in terms of coverage, recency, query interface options and how well they rank the relevance of results. Recently custom-built orthopaedic surgery Internet search engines have been developed. This paper attempts to determine if custom-built Internet search engines are any better than commercial ones or quality medical gateways.





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