How Search Works!
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List of Search Engines
1. Search Engines Defined
Search Engines: Search engines are programs that help you locate information, data and web sites on the Internet by doing keyword searches against their database which is a collection of web sites. A database is a collection of data or information.
Improve Searching Speed and Accuracy with Keyword Searches
Keyword Search: Select two, three or four keywords to use for search query. Keyword search tips keep it simple and use descriptive specific words not general words.
Google Advanced Search: Key Word Search/Enter Menu Word Setting>> Advanced Search, How to search on Google Tips
Google Image Search: Key Word Search/Enter Menu Images>> Tools>> Explore Usage Rights and Type (Type of File) Google Image Search
2. Boolean Search Operators Explained: Improve your search and increase accuracy of finds by helping you match your search more closely with less hits to view making you a faster worker or searcher.
Boolean Search operators: Refine your search and increase accuracy common search operators: Quotation Marks, tilde, Site Operator, Minus Sign. Here's what they can do with examples how to use them.
3. Let's Practice
Let's try using some popular operators when searching like "Quotation Marks" or the Minus Sign - or the ~tilde. Please note the format and Syntax (Spacing is important to the search engine). Note there are no spaces after or before the symbols if you add spaces it cancels out the Boolean the search engine will not acknowledge the Boolean.
Exercises Copy & Paste Select a Search
Engine From the top of the page:
Boolean Quotation Marks "Searches for Words in Quotation Marks" Example Search: "Bill Gates" "The Great Lakes" "Texas landforms"
Synonym Searches using Tilde~ Boolean tilde ~Symbol (Finds Words with Similar Meaning) Examples: "New Jersey" ~Industry ~nutrition
Advanced Site Operator Domain Search Searching for .gov domains Example: Texas Site:gov
More Data on Search Techniques with Booleans and Modifiers:
|Evaluating Resources Quick Guide Things to Consider|
|How to search on Google|
|Improve Your Own Google Search Experience|
|Advanced Google Topics: Search Engines, Key word searches, Boolean Searches|
Types of Search Engines:
Individual search engines like Yahoo and Google have one database collection of Internet sites.
Meta search engines use several other search engines instead of their own database. WebCrawler and DogPile are meta search engines.
Boolean Operator Searching Techniques:
Improve Your Google Search Experience
Google Syntax: set a range [Cell phone $50..$100]
Search Within a Domain or Site: [nurse's Office site:http://www.bcsberlin.k12.nj.us/]
*Wildcard (Asterisk *) *finding more spellings Example Search: Child* for finding children
Nesting/Precedence with (Parentheses)
Example Search presidents: ((George NEAR Bush) AND (Bill OR William NEAR Clinton))
Link: Command Check sites linked to any web site. This allows you to find web sites that link to another web site. Google uses this command.
Demo activity Copy into Google Search Engine: link:bcsberlin.k12.nj.us/
Learn About Search Engines More Resources:
|Improve Your Google Search Experience|
|Basic Search Tips with Advanced Boolean|
|How to search on Google|
|Evaluating Information on the Internet|
|Evaluating Resources Mrs. Nasto's Video|
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