Offline: "Google News Archive Search Page: Gone Forever Or Temporary Bug?"
Here’s a report by none other than INFOdocket’s Gary Price posted on Search Engine Land (he’s a contributing editor there).
In a nutshell, the interface was taken down sometime in the past few days (without notice) but the material, the millions of digitized articles remain online. Now, they’re a bit more challenging, time consuming to get at especially for those with limited advanced searching skills.
The Google News Archive Search Page interface currently redirects to the Google News Advanced Search page. The challenge here is that no help or documentation is provided on the page.
What About Searching For Help?
If you run a search for News Search Archive Help in the title and near the top of the page. Selecting the link news.google.com/archivesearch/help.html redirects you to the Google homepage. Confusing and aggravating.
Today’s news happens not that long after Google apologized to users about not having done a good job of communicating clearly about the end of the Uncle Sam search interface/site.
Another Possible Glitch or 100 Results Max
When we did search the news archive, we were only allowed to review 100 (10 pages, 10 items per page). The links to continue forward are in place but selecting them only turns up the same results we found on page 10. Google usually allows searchers to see up to 1000 results. We’re not sure if this is old news, something new, or a glitch.
About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.