This research project was designed to benchmark the performance of the advanced search interfaces of eight of the major World Wide Web (WWW) search engines, excluding the meta engines. A review of the literature did not find any previous benchmarking studies of the advanced interfaces based on quantitative data. The research was performed by fifty-two graduate students of library and information studies (LIS) on three campuses of the University of North Carolina (UNC) as a class research project for course LIS 645, Computer-Related Technologies in Library Management. The class was offered by the Department of Library and Information Studies at UNC Greensboro through the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NC-REN). The LIS students selected Altavista, Excite, Go/Infoseek, Google, Hotbot, Lycos, Northernlight, and Yahoo for comparative study.
Ralph, R.D., & Felts, J.W., Jr. (2001). Benchmarking the Advanced Interfaces of Eight Major WWW Search Engines. National Online 2001: Proceedings of the 22nd National Online Meeting, 385-411.