TIPS FOR EFFICIENT WEB SEARCHING
Here are a few tips for making your search engine use more efficient.
These tips should work for various search engines such as
AOL, Ask, Google, MSN, and Yahoo!. If you follow these tips, you
should see improvement in your search efficiency.
Use quotes around terms to specify that you want certain words to
be right next to each other. This is helpful when you are looking for a
specific phrase. Even if you are not looking for a specific phrase, some
things you look for may be easier to find if you specify a few words to be
right next to each other.
Example: You are looking for information on how to search the Web.
Use the minus or negative sign to indicate words you do not
included in the results. This can be helpful if you realize that you are
being inundated by a certain set of results due to one particular term
related to your search terms, but not to what you are looking for.
"how to search online" (with quotes!)
to the results of a query on the same words without the quotes:
how to search online
Example: You are looking for information about a famous sociologist
last name you know is DiMaggio, but whose first name you do not know.
Always be sure to specify what you are looking for. Do not just enter
term, enter several terms that refer to the different ideas in your query.
For example, if you are looking for information about the astrological
sign cancer, it is not enough to do a search for cancer, because most of
the results will have to do with the medical meaning for cancer. Rather,
if you add information about astrology or even just add the word sign, you
will get more relevant results.
(using a minus sign to suppress a term!)
to the results of a query without specifying the exclusion of a term:
Of course, a viable alternative in this case would be to type in
dimaggio sociology, which would also get you
closer to the target. This brings us to our next tip.
You can specify the site on which you want to conduct a search. You
can do so at any level of the site address. You can specify CNN by typing
site:cnn.com or you can specify Web sites of educational institutions by
to the results of a query without specifying details about your query:
You are looking for the CNN show The Flip Side
It is possible to combine the above techniques. You can exclude a
certain site from the results by typing in a site address with a minus
sign right in front of it. Let's say you want to see schools named after
Woodrow Wilson, but you don't want to see the one at Princeton.
"flip side" site:cnn.com (specify the site where you want to
to the results of a query without specifying site:
woodrow wilson school -site:princeton.edu
to the results of a query without specifying the exclusion of the
woodrow wilson school
Sometimes it is worth guessing the URL (Uniform Resource Locator) or
Web address of a site. You can go to the location bar (the bar usually
located above the screen in which you are viewing a Web page and is
sometimes labelled Address) and type in a domain name. This name
cannot contain spaces and has to have periods to separate its sections.
In the least, it has to have two sections: cnn.com. Of course, you
could also say www.cnn.com. Guesses
don't always work, but in some
cases they do. Be sure to use .edu at the end (instead of .com) if you
are looking for an educational site, .gov for a government site, and .org
for some non profits.