Tips on Searching the Internet
||Go to a topic oriented directory such as Yahoo and browse topics and subtopics to find the broad idea of interest.. Then look its' the links and subtopics to identify some of the sub-issues and search words.|
||Identify distinctive words that relate
specifically to the idea of interest. Include synonyms, anonymous and alternative
spellings and forms.
Avoid very common terms like Internet and people.Use phrases or proper nouns if possible.
Don't limit yourself to one search. You learn from the results of each search run and can refine your Boolean express each time improving your list of hits.
|Boolean is a way of telling
the search what to look for and what not to look for. It uses logical connector terms such
as AND, OR, and NOT.
AND placed between two terms mean to find site that have both terms, such as :
Internet AND publishing
Not using the AND would return sites about Internet and sites about publishing...a lot of sites. Including the AND connector returns only sites that have both Internet and publishing it them -- sites about publishing on the Internet.
OR is another connector. When it is placed between search terms, the search engine will return sites that have either one or the other term, or both.
Weather OR climate
The OR connector here will return all sites about weather or climate, or those that mention both words.
NOT is a third connector that identifies terms that should not be included in the resource.
Minnesota AND twins NOT baseball
If a person is search for twins in Minnesota, then the return may be full of pages about the Minnesota Twins. By adding the NOT connector, this eliminates those pages.
Some search engines use plus (+) and minus (-) symbols to include and exclude terms. By placing a plus before a word in the search expression, you guarantee that the word will be included in the returned web pages. By placing a minus symbol in front of a term, you guarantee that the term will not be present on the returned web pages.
The above search expression would look like this:
+Minnesota +twins -baseball
||Some times, you are looking for information
about a person or a book, and the search term is more than one word forming a phrase or
proper name. In entering the words into a search engine's search field, you have to tell
it that all of these words must be search together as a group in this specific order.
On most search engines, you do this by placing quotes around the text.
"A Tale of Two Cities"
Sometimes, you place hyphens between the words.
|Tip: The most important tip for using search engines is to read the help files associated with each one. To the right are the URLs of some of the search engines help files||Yahoo --
Alta Vista -- http://www.altavista.digital.com/cgi-bin/query?pg=h
Excite -- http://www.excite.com/Info/searching.html?a-tip-t
InfoSeek -- http://www.infoseek.com/Help?pg=DChelp.html
HotBot -- http://www.hotbot.com/Help/
Magellan -- http://www.mckinley.com/magellan/Info/advancedtips.html
WebCrawler -- http://www.webcrawler.com/WebCrawler/Help/Help.html
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