Online search is the process of interactively searching for and retrieving requested information via a computer from databases that are online. Interactive searches became possible in the 1980s with the advent of faster databases and smart terminal]]s. In contrast, computerized batch searching was prevalent in the 1960s and 1970s. Today, searches through web search engines constitute the majority of online searches.
Online searches often supplement reference transactions.
- Hawkins, Donald T.; Brown, Carolyn P. (Jan 1980). "What Is an Online Search?". Online. 4 (1): 12–18. Eric:EJ214713.
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