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Using LexiURL Searcher

LexiURL Searcher is a program that can create lists of URLs by submitting a query to MSN, Yahoo! or Google and then listing the first 1000 URLs that match the query. It works for most queries that work in the three search engines - but be careful to choose a query that matches the search engine you are using.

Before starting

Before using LexiURL Searcher to create lists of links or URLs, you must first download it and obtain a licence to use it from Google.

To download LexiURL Searcher go to the LexiURL installation page.

To use Google, you must first obtain a licence key from Google. Go to http://www.google.com/apis/ and follow the instructions.

Creating a link list

Creating a file containing the query/queries

In order to create a link list with LexiURL Searcher you must first create a plain text file containing your query. Following the query and on the same line, hit the tab key and then enter a description of the query or any other information. You must enter the tab key after the query or the query will not be processed.

For example if you want to get all the pages containing the phrase “Cybermetrics research” then you could open Notepad on your computer, create a new file, type “Cybermetrics research” into the first line, then tab, then “created January 2006”.

“Cybermetrics research” created January 2006

Save the file somewhere with a short path name, e.g. c:\google api query.txt. This file will be used as the input for LexiURL Searcher. See an example.

Obtaining the results from MSN [or Google or Yahoo!]

LexiURL Searcher will submit the query in the text file to Google/MSN/Yahoo! and then save the results to a new text file. Follow the instructions below.

  1. Start up the LexiURL Searcher.
  2. If you prefer Yahoo!, click on the Yahoo! button. If you prefer Google, Click on the Google button and then enter your API key code that you obtained from Google
  3. Click on the “Run a set of searches..” button.
  4. Wait for the program to tell you how many searches it has completed, which may take a few minutes.

  1. Look in the folder containing your Notepad query file. You should see some new files created. The file with all the results listed is the one with your file name followed by “long results.txt”. This can be used as the input for LexiURL.
  2. Start up LexiURL and process the long results file by selecting one of the URL list options. LexiURL will automatically extract the URL data from the new file.

Note that the long results file contains extra information on the matching pages. An easy way to see this information is to load it into a spreadsheet program like Excel, which will align the data for easy viewing.