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An Interface for Searching Multiple Information Sources and Effectively Displaying Multiple Search Results

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000021064D
Original Publication Date: 2003-Dec-19
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Dec-19

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Searching for information from many possible information sources is complex and time consuming. In the Multi-Search Multi-Results utility the user is given a simple graphical interface for: entering search text; for selecting some or many search target sites; and for optionally filtering the type of information each target site supports. Upon pressing "Search", multiple parallel searches are conducted without the user having to know the target internet addresses or query formats. All the results are gathered and converted into a common format, with each result set presented in its own selectable window.