Combining Free-word Search and Relational Databases

M. Hassan (UK), R. Alhajj (Canada), and M.J. Ridley (UK)


keyword search, structured databases, uniformsearch technique, web databases, web search.


Several approaches have been proposed for bridging the gap between structured relational databases and keyword search. However, it has not been clearly shown how both features can be combined. In this paper, we describe a tool that provides a simple and direct technique for free word search to query relational databases. Our approach allows a uniform search technique for the products of both Web designers and database developers, published on the Web. The developed system enables end users to explore a structured database using free form language (words) queries in a fashion similar to using search engines to search text files on the Web. It can be used in both Internet and Intranet application areas.

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