Searching the Internet
Searches - A Guide to Search Tools
- categories with hyperlinks
- hierarchical search system
- Search Engine
- Search expression = query
- Key-word Indices
- Robots (web-bots), Spiders
- Filters - language, date, domain, etc...
- Boolean logic (power/advanced search)
- Other resources
- Help = Tips
- Each search tool has some kind of online help. Each search tool is different. You must learn the special features of each search tool.
- * (asterisk) replaces part of a word
- Is there a maximum number of characters that the wildcard can replace? Check "Help" for that search tool. Each search tool is different.
- ~ (tilde) (include similar terms = terms like this = synonyms or near synonyms) (Google)
- Proximity Operators
- Near "Search Phrase"
- Can you specify how far apart the words or phrases will be?
- Refining a search
- You must use the right search tool for the type of information you are looking for. You must experiment and practise using the various search tools. You want a reasonable number of hits and you want the hits to contain exactly the information you expected.
- Try using the "Power Search" or "Advanced Search" for each search tool.
- Is there an option to limit the search to certain sites or categories?
- Try running ths same search on several search tools.
- Include the exact search phrase in quotation marks.
- Is case important in that search tool? Uppercase/Lowercase
- Try different or alternate spellings.
- Try synonyms.
- Add site:thewebsite.com to your search. For instance searching for html markup validation service site:w3.org narrows down your search from 153,000 to 3,900 sites. (Google)