Myths and Realities: Internet Searches
A long series of false notions on the Internet has created a macro-myth: you can find everything online, you just need to “know how to search”.
Instead, there’s nothing special to know. That is, it’s not a matter of tricks if we cannot find for example, library books on the web, it is simply that library books are not on the web. In fact, only a very small part of the knowledge that surrounds us is also online, and it’s not by magic, but instead because someone has decided to make it available on the Web (and available does not mean “for free”, because it is not true that all the information on the web is free… this is another MYTH;))
We also need to consider the impact of dynamic pages (and also if all search engines have developed a special crawler to index as much content as possible, subtracting it to the hidden part of the web), and that search engines are able to classify only a minimum part of all the accessible data (no one can indicate an exact percentage, but I would be surprised if this would be more than 4 or 5%). Therefore the content can be actually online, but the problem remains, and that is because there is no special technique to retrieve what is not indexed.
But also without considering the hidden Web: in the case that the interesting content is actually indexed, can we really find what we need in a very short time (and without effort… another mith)?
Without the right keywords, the answer is no and we could even search for an entire week and still not find anything anyway.
The reality is that we still cannot take advantage of all that we have available.
There are some that say that it would be nice to have on the Internet any original document (like the library books we were talking about at the beginning of the post) but it would also be nice to be able to utilize the multitude of secondary information that can provide a very useful support, in particular, because it is produced for the majority of people according to different competences, points of views, sensibilities, etc.