Online search

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Online search is the process of interactively searching for and retrieving requested information via a computer from databases that are online.[1] Interactive searches became possible in the 1980s with the advent of faster databases and smart terminals.[1] In contrast, computerized batch searching was prevalent in the 1960s and 1970s.[1] Today, searches through web search engines constitute the majority of online searches.

Online searches often supplement reference transactions.[citation needed][clarification needed]


  1. ^ a b c Hawkins, Donald T.; Brown, Carolyn P. (Jan 1980). "What Is an Online Search?". Online. 4 (1): 12–18. Eric:EJ214713.