While getting a quick-hit of information is one of the great benefits of the Internet, sometimes people want to know more about a certain topic. Google is addressing this need by reconfiguring its search results to help users find more in-depth articles.
"Our research indicates perhaps 10 percent of people's daily information needs fit this category -- topics like stem cell research, happiness, and love, to name just a few," Google's Pandu Nayak wrote in a blog post. "That's why over the next few days we'll be rolling out a new feature to help you find relevant in-depth articles in the main Google Search results."
Google's in-depth search results will be ranked algorithmically showing "high-quality" articles, papers, and blog posts. For example, Nayak wrote, if a user wants to learn more about censorship they'll find an article written by Salman Rushdie for The New Yorker. Or, if someone wants to know about Legos, a Google search will bring up longer articles on the plastic toy's engineering, gender dynamics, and art.
"I'm happy to see people continue to invest in thoughtful in-depth content that will remain relevant for months or even years after publication," Nayak wrote. "This is exactly what you'll find in the new feature. In addition to well-known publishers, you'll also find some great articles from lesser-known publications and blogs."
Currently, the in-depth articles feature is only available on Google.com in English. It's unclear if it will roll out to other languages.