[Web4lib] Google limit of 1,000 results

Karen Coyle kcoyle at kcoyle.net
Tue Jul 12 17:05:53 EDT 2005

Another interesting issue, which may not apply to Google but does to 
some other databases: when the search is cut off at 1,000 documents, 
WHICH 1,000 documents are in the result set? The most recent by date? 
Last in-first out? Is order applied after the results are retrieved? (So 
it looks like you've got the records in publication date order, but you 
don't have all of the documents with the publication dates in the result 


Jenne Heise wrote:

>> It's intriguing that Attila the Search Engine makes that cut-off so 
>> low. I'm
>> assuming we're one of the few groups that care about this (though as 
>> groups
>> go, we should be).  One wonders how much of the Google world is smoke 
>> and
>> mirrors (or two twelve-year-olds in a garage).   
> Does this phrase sound familiar?
> "*This search has been interrupted because it will return more than 
> 1,000 documents."*
> Lexis-Nexis.
> I'm  beginning to see a trend:
> - missing data
> - wierd search and relevance algorigthms
> - database coverage subject to the Schroedinger uncertainty principle
> - drives librarians nuts
> - users become addicted and have to be forcibly changed over to 
> another database
> - costs a lot of money and requires a lot of training... oh, wait, 
> that's just Lexis/Nexis...
> -- Jenne Heise
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