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Internet: Search Tips

Welcome to Internet Guide that is intended to provide basic information about the Internet and how to effectively search it

Search Tips

Below is a list of the most useful search tips that make Internet searches more effective:

  • Most Internet sites allow searching using Boolean operators. The default operator is "AND" for most sites. Some sites also provide truncation and substring searching. To be sure about a particular site search facilities read its specific directions from help or FAQ (frequently asked questions) file.
     

  • To find a word in the current web page, go to "edit" then "find on this page" and type the word you are looking for.
     

  • Links that change their color indicate sites that have been visited earlier.
     

  • Bookmarks / favorites can be saved for later use without needing to memorize or type its URL address.
     

  • Use as many unique or rare words as possible, while searching, to get specific relevant hits.
     

  • Translate by Google.
     

  • Search for phrases whenever possible, to get more relevant focused hits.
     

  • Word order is critical in Web searching, putting the most important words first worked best.
     

  • Shorten a URL if you get a broken link, then use the site features to find the page you want.
     

  • Search engines vary greatly in how they index pages and how deeply they index a site, so a search done on different engines will retrieve different results.
     

  • If you do not get enough relevant hits, rephrase the search query, try a second and third search engine, or a meta-search engine.
     

  • Some of the factors that affect ranking of retrieved records include the number of search words matched and where in an entry the search words appear.
     

  • Most search engines cannot index files for sites requiring passwords.
     

  • The date in Web search engines specifies either the date the document was written, last updated or -if non of these is applicable- the date the search engine found the document.
     

  • To view a retrieved hit in a new window, right click with mouse and select "open in a new window". When you finish exploring this site, simply close this window to go back to the search results screen.

     

"Searching the Internet is both an art and a science"
so be creative!