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The invention is incorporated in a computer method for gathering and summarizing large amounts of information from information sources, the method comprising: collecting information from a plurality of information sources and storing the information in a storage format; converting the collected information from the storage format to XML-language documents and storing the XML-language documents in a storage medium; searching for documents according to a search query having at least one term; identifying the documents found in the search; and displaying the documents as nodes of a tree structure having links and nodes so as to indicate similarity of the documents to each other.
In a further aspect of the invention, information is collected from a plurality of Internet sites at a predefined time interval.