How can you find what you're looking for online? You can aimlessly follow link
after link, hoping to land on a page that has what you need, but of course the best
way is to use a Search Engine. Almost every Internet user has
been to Yahoo or Google,
but there are a few things to know in order to search efficiently.
How can you find exactly what you are looking for online? That
is the real challenge. If you just type a few words into the textbox of a Search
Engine, chances are you'll have to wade through pages of results. Below,
we present an article that provides some tips on
how to find just what you're looking for.
Here's a quick tip: This works on Yahoo and Google. If
you want to search for something but want to filter out some unwanted results, put
a minus sign (-) before a term that you do NOT want to see in the results.
For example, say you wanted to find out the name of a singer but all you could remember
is that her last name is Bush. If you search on Bush, you'll get loads of results
about President Bush. Instead, enter "Bush -president" and you'll have far less results
to wade through. In this case, on the first
page of results on Yahoo, the fourth entry is a web site for Kate Bush, a singer. Please
see our article below for more on Advanced Searches.
For more information on Search Engines, we recommend
the following books:
Extreme Searcher's Internet Handbook
A guide for anyone who makes use of the Internet for research, including librarians,
teachers, students, business researchers, and writers, this book details what serious
users have to know to fully take advantage of Internet search tools and
resources. Newsgroups, image resources, and reference resources are covered, as are
the major tools - search engines, directories, and portals - and
strategies needed to access these resources. For those with little to moderate
searching experience, friendly, easy-to-follow guidelines to the world of
Internet research are provided. For experienced searchers, new perspectives
on content and techniques are discussed.
Google Power: Unleash the Full Potential of Google
Learn advanced techniques for maximizing the Google search engine and
extract the best content from Google without having to learn complicated code. Go
under the hood and learn a wide range of advanced web search techniques
through practical examples. This is an ideal resource for students, librarians, journalists,
researchers, businesspeople, lawyers, investigators, and anyone interested in conducting
an in-depth search.
Google and Other Search Engines: Visual QuickStart Guide
Did you know that if rather than using Google (great as it is) to find, say, the current
wholesale price of a given used car, you used a specialized search engine instead,
you could end up with a few relevant results rather than hundreds of potentially useful
ones? Or that simply by choosing the correct keyword, you could improve your
search results exponentially? If you're like most people, you probably know
you could be searching more effectively; this volume actually shows
you how! After providing a thorough grounding in search basics¿keyword usage, wildcards,
and more--authors Alfred and Emily Glossbrenner move on to the biggies, Goggle
and Yahoo, showing you how to make the most out of their differing approaches.
You'll also learn about Boolean stars Alta Vista and Hot Bot before the authors launch
into an extensive discussion of specialized search engines. Step-by-step instructions
and loads of visual aids make learning a snap with this essential
Yahoo! To the Max: An Extreme Searcher Guide
Yahoo! has a wide range of ways to find information, communicate,
invest, shop, and sell, and this book provides an overview of the popular Web portal.
Details on Web searching, finding and customizing news, and using
and creating discussion groups are included, as well as information on using Yahoo!
for communicating with e-mail and instant messaging, buying and selling goods and
services, managing personal finances and investments, and personalizing with My Yahoo!.
Presented to both novice and savvy users, this resource aids in utilizing additional
Yahoo! content and features for quick and easy use such as travel, health, music,
weather, maps, movies, photos, and games.
our exclusive Feature Article:
SEARCHING FOR A BETTER WAY
Tips for Getting the Most Out of Internet Search Engines
The search engine is one of the most often used and most vital resources on
the Internet today. Just about everyone is familiar with the basic concept
behind these online research aids. You put the Web address or URL of a particular
search site in the address bar in your browser window, and once the site loads, you
put a word or phrase in a text box and search for the topic or topics of your choice.
With luck, you find what you're looking for.
As a freelance write, I've been using the Web as my primary source of research for
more than 10 years. In that time I've found some little things that I can do to help
the search process along and streamline my chances of finding the exact content I've
been seeking. Of course, it should be noted that, while all search engines are similar
in design, there are slight but noticeable differences in both structure and content.
In fact, that is one of first things search engine users should know -- certain
search engines may work better that others for certain searches.
For an example, say I decided to run searches on the New York Yankees on five of the
Internet's most popular search engines. One search engine produced only 90 matches
while another found 9.5 million pages dedicated to the baseball club. Four listed
the team's official homepage as their top, non-sponsored result (more on this later)
while the fifth led with a fan-created Website. In addition, none of the search engines
had the same second entry. Results ranged from New York newspaper pages devoted to
the Yankees to the team's page on the Website of a national sports cable television
network to an online broker offering tickets to their games.
Clearly, results can vary from search engine to search engine. While
it's okay to have a favorite, and you undoubtedly will after some time, it is also
important to be flexible. Never limit yourself to just one when looking up an important
topic, because -- just like with prescription drugs -- results may vary.
One thing that has always worked well for me is the tried and true method of narrowing
search results by using quotation marks. Placing quotes around a group of
words forces the search engine to find only exact matches of that particular phrase.
Again, if I put the name Dave Letterman (without quotation marks) in a search engine
box, it will find matches that include the words Dave and Letterman, but not necessarily
in reference to an individual with the name of Dave Letterman. By using quotes, however,
I ensure that I will find matches that only contain the exact name, Dave Letterman.
However, this does not guarantee that the Dave Letterman websites that I find are
talking about the famous CBS talk show host.
So now what am I to do? Well, that's where the advanced search feature found
at many of the popular search engines comes in handy. Imagine that, while I'm searching
for pages on Dave Letterman the talk show host, I find a plethora of pages devoted
to Dave Letterman the oceanic photographer. But I couldn't care less about pictures
of fish -- I want to read some Top Ten Lists! By using advanced search functions,
I can tell the search engine to match all of the words in the text box, to look for
an exact phrase, to look for at least one of the words written in the text box, to
exclude certain words or phrases and to set language, file-type, and appropriate content
limits on the results. Using this feature allows me to command the search engine to
limit results to Websites that contain the phrases "talk show host" or "Top Ten List".
I could also filter out all results that contain the words "oceanic photography" or
"fish" (although by doing so I may potentially be missing out on some good underwater
humor!). In summary, advance search is an excellent tool for filtering results.
Even with all of these handy tools, however, it may be possible to miss vital results.
Why? Because the search engine can only find what you tell it to find. What if the
one of the best Letterman sites on the Internet always refers to him as David instead
of Dave? Or what if there's a really good page that is loaded with hilarious content,
but the creator of the Web page unfortunately thinks that "Letterman" is spelled with
one "T" instead of two? Occurrences like these are rare but they do exist, especially
on lesser-known topics than this sample one. Another good trick to finding search
results is to attempt alternate words, phrases, and spellings -- even, at times, misspellings
-- to see how they impact the results. Odd as it may sound, playing around
with spelling and grammar can sometimes lead to worthwhile discoveries. It
has for me!
Something to watch out for when using certain search engines is the use of sponsored
links. Sponsored links and similar results are advertisements, paid for by
companies or webmasters who want to have their sites listed at or near the top of
a particular category. Usually, finding a website at the top of a results category
means that it is a quality site and worthy of one's attention, but this isn't necessarily
the case with sponsored links. While in many cases, these sites are perfectly fine,
the simple fact is that anyone with enough money can buy their way to the top of a
sponsored link category. Additionally, these sites are often commercial in nature,
meaning that their intent is not to provide information free of charge, but to earn
money from the data, goods and/or services they provide. Trust me, I've been tricked
by these many a time, and let me tell you from experience -- it is definitely best
to skip past the sponsored links, scroll down a ways, and start where the true search
The great virtual repository of content known as the Information Superhighway can
be hard to navigate at times. Even after a decade of using it, I still get tripped
up from time to time. But I've found that a good search engine is like a road
map. As long as you know how to use it, it will show you how to get to where
you want to be; it will show you the way to worthwhile content. Through the use of
quotation marks, advanced search filters, alternate wordings and spellings, and by
being careful in discerning which search results are the most valid, anyone can become
a master at finding his or her way around the Internet. Despite all of the fluff and
garbage present on the Internet, there's also a wealth of quality information available
on the World Wide Web. I've found it. Now you know how to find it as well.
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