Tips for effective Internet searching
1. Preparation saves time in the long run. Think about what you are looking for.
Take a minute to create a list of search terms that you can work with.
2. Use nouns as query keywords and use 6 to 8 of them!
3. Try searching for a phrase related to your topic. You do this by putting the
words in quotes rather than just listing them. The " " around the phrase
restrict results to EXACT matches – much better!
4. If a common word is essential to getting the results you want, you can
include it by putting a "+" sign in front of it.
5. Always use a phrase or a sentence. In AskJeeves write a question or in Lycos
use First and Fast to get started.
6. If you have not found what you are looking for in the first 20 to 30 sites, give
it up and go no further. Try your search with new words or try another search
7. Use capital letters at the start of words in your search. Some search engines
will then find sites where the word is in the title of something. This means the
site is more likely to be all about what you’re looking for.
8. Use the UK version of the search engine if you want UK-based answers.
9. Don’t be put off by the Advanced Search. It’s not for ‘advanced searchers’, it
means you’re going to be more specific with your search options. This will get
you faster to more relevant sites and save you a lot of time.
Googling with style
The best search engine seems to be Google. It’s easy to master Google's Advanced
Search form located at http://www.google.com/advanced_search. It looks like
Think of all the words that would always appear on the perfect page. Put those in
the WITH ALL THE WORDS field.
Think of all the distracting pages that might also turn up because one or more of
your search terms has more than one meaning. What words can you think of that
might help you eliminate those pages? Put those in the WITHOUT field.
If there's a term with synonyms, either of which might appear on the page you're
after, put them in the WITH ANY OF THE WORDS field.
Words hang together in predictable ways. If you type a phrase into the EXACT
PHRASE field in Google, you'll be able to locate pages in which those words appear
together in that order.
Once you've found something you like on Google, it's very easy (and useful) to find
similar pages. How? Below the advanced search fields are another two fields. These
allow you to find pages that Google thinks similar to or linked to any URL you type
in. Use this tool to find more of a good thing!
If you include “intitle:” in your query, Google will restrict the results to documents
containing that word in the title. (For example, “intitle:Saturn” will return documents
that mention the word "Saturn" in their title. Note there can be no space between
the "intitle:" and the following word.)
Sometimes the best way to ask a question is to get Google to 'fill in the blank' for
you. Add an asterisk in the part of the sentence or question that you want filled in
(e.g. The parachute was invented by *).
If you want to search not only for your search term but also for its synonyms,
place the tilde sign ("~") immediately in front of your search term. (For example,
to search for food facts and nutrition and cooking information, write in the search
box: ~food ~facts)