Relevance of the Deep Web to Academic Research. – E. E. Essien
The volume of information on the web is already vast and is increasing at a very fast rate. Most people access Web contents with Surface Web Search Engines; that is, only capable of accessing information in the web surface. The Deep Web in contrast, is a vast repository of web pages, usually generated by database-driven websites, that are available to web users; yet hidden from traditional search engines and consist of 95% of the entire Web. Making meaningful research on the Web must therefore include accessing the surface as well as the deep web. This paper seeks to expose the mysteries of the deep web by exploring various technology tools that will enable researchers to get maximum results with minimal search efforts.