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Title: Sampling the web : the development of a custom search tool for research
Authors: Snelson, Chareen
Keywords: Library and information science
Issue Date: 2006
Source: Snelson, C. (2006). Sampling the web : the development of a custom search tool for research. Library and Information Science Research E-Journal, 16(1), 1-22.
Journal: Library and Information Science Research E-Journal 
Abstract: Research designed to study the Internet is beset with challenges. One of these challenges involves obtaining samples of Web pages. Methodologies used in previous studies may be categorized into random, purposeful, and purposeful random types of sampling. This paper contains an outline of these methodologies and information about the development of a custom sampling tool that may be used to obtain purposeful random samples of Web page links. The custom search application called Web Sampler works through the Google Web APIs service to collect a random sample of pages from search results returned from the Google index. Web Sampler is inexpensive to develop and may be easily customized for specialized search needs required by researchers who are investigating Web page content.
ISSN: 1058-6768
DOI: 10.32655/LIBRES.2006.1.4
Rights: © 2006 Chareen Snelson. All rights reserved.
Fulltext Permission: open
Fulltext Availability: With Fulltext
Appears in Collections:Library and Information Science Research E-journal (LIBRES)

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