Commercial search engines and Resource Library


(above:  Hugh Newell, The Old Hulk, 1859, oil on canvas, Reading Public Museum. Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons*)


Search engines give nearly instantaneous results but they are not very smart. If you go to the reference desk in a brick and mortar library, and ask the librarian help in finding information on a specialized subject, the librarian will ask you some questions to get a better idea of what you are looking for. Search engines don't yet do this -- yet. If you spend time looking up information on the Web, it pays to learn how to use search engines to your benefit. [1]

Algorithm-driven search engines use links pointing to a site as one of the factors determining page placement of search results. Traditional Fine Arts Organization, Inc (TFAO)'s site has a higher count of links pointing to its site than most other sites dedicated to American art

To best obtain Resource Library and Traditional Fine Arts Organization, Inc (TFAO) content using popular algorithm-driven search engines such as Google and Yahoo, always use their advanced search option and limit the search solely within the domain or domain. searches may produce more results than searches in some cases.[2]

To find an artist via search in domains other than or, TFAO recommends placing the word "artist" after the first and last name of the artist. If this approach doesn't work well, do the search again by adding additional keywords to limit the results. Types of additional keywords can include:



1. Readers using search engines directly access words or phrases in any Resource Library page without going through a "portal" page. Specialized image search engines easily retrieve images in Resource Library. TFAO does not change the URL addresses of Resource Library content pages once published in order to guarantee longevity of readers' bookmarks and references placed in pages of other websites. See the TFAO digital library sections on content retrieval and usage for more information.

2. From the founding of Resource Library in 1997 to April 6, 2004 all content was placed in the domain As of April 7, 2004 new content began being posted at Content published previous to April 7, 2004 remains available at the prior domain name, This is a courtesy to both readers who created bookmarks for specific Resource Library pages prior to the establishment of and as a courtesy to scholars who placed references to Resource Library pages in their articles and essays. To guarantee complete results with advanced search use both "" and ""


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