Search Engine  Tips & Tricks
Popular Search Engines <ul><li>Ask.com – 2 billion pages indexed  </li></ul><ul><li>Yahoo.com – over 20 billion pages inde...
http://www.google.com/librariancenter/librarian_tools.html Google Has A Cheat Sheet
Other Useful Search Engines <ul><li>AltaVista.com </li></ul><ul><li>Babelfish for language translation </li></ul><ul><li>A...
Other Search Functions Besides web pages, search engines can be used for: Calculator Dictionary Images Video News Shopping
Strategies <ul><li>Use quotation marks to find words together </li></ul><ul><li>(“Great Depression”) </li></ul><ul><li>   ...
site:.edu site:.edu  results in a list  of colleges and  universities
site.:edu intitle: &quot; index of &quot; site.:edu intitle: &quot;index of&quot; results in a list of directories of univ...
site:.edu filetype:pdf  <ul><li>site:.edu filetype:pdf  </li></ul><ul><li>Results in a list of  colleges </li></ul><ul><li...
site:.edu filetype:pdf &quot;civil war&quot; <ul><li>site:.edu filetype:pdf &quot;civil war&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>Result...
site:vcu.edu filetype:pdf &quot;civil war&quot; <ul><li>site:vcu.edu filetype:pdf &quot;civil war“ </li></ul><ul><li>Resul...
site:yale.edu intitle:&quot;index.of&quot; .mp3 <ul><li>site:yale.edu intitle:&quot;index.of&quot; .mp3 </li></ul><ul><li>...
Construct Your Search <ul><li>Question </li></ul><ul><li>What are the methods of tattoo </li></ul><ul><li>removal that a t...
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Search Engine Tips And Tricks

  1. 1. Search Engine Tips & Tricks
  2. 2. Popular Search Engines <ul><li>Ask.com – 2 billion pages indexed </li></ul><ul><li>Yahoo.com – over 20 billion pages indexed </li></ul><ul><li>Google.com – undisclosed but HUGE </li></ul>
  3. 3. http://www.google.com/librariancenter/librarian_tools.html Google Has A Cheat Sheet
  4. 4. Other Useful Search Engines <ul><li>AltaVista.com </li></ul><ul><li>Babelfish for language translation </li></ul><ul><li>Askjeeves.com </li></ul><ul><li>Good for natural language queries </li></ul><ul><li>Mamma.com </li></ul><ul><li>Searches 7 major search engines </li></ul>
  5. 5. Other Search Functions Besides web pages, search engines can be used for: Calculator Dictionary Images Video News Shopping
  6. 6. Strategies <ul><li>Use quotation marks to find words together </li></ul><ul><li>(“Great Depression”) </li></ul><ul><li>     Use a minus (-) sign to exclude words </li></ul><ul><li>(Bears -Chicago) </li></ul><ul><li>Example search </li></ul><ul><li>“ seasonal depression” -great site:edu </li></ul>
  7. 7. site:.edu site:.edu results in a list of colleges and universities
  8. 8. site.:edu intitle: &quot; index of &quot; site.:edu intitle: &quot;index of&quot; results in a list of directories of universities and colleges
  9. 9. site:.edu filetype:pdf <ul><li>site:.edu filetype:pdf </li></ul><ul><li>Results in a list of colleges </li></ul><ul><li>and universities with </li></ul><ul><li>.pdf files </li></ul>
  10. 10. site:.edu filetype:pdf &quot;civil war&quot; <ul><li>site:.edu filetype:pdf &quot;civil war&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>Results in a list of colleges </li></ul><ul><li>and universities with </li></ul><ul><li>.pdf files that reference the </li></ul><ul><li>Civil War </li></ul>
  11. 11. site:vcu.edu filetype:pdf &quot;civil war&quot; <ul><li>site:vcu.edu filetype:pdf &quot;civil war“ </li></ul><ul><li>Results in pdf files only from VCU </li></ul><ul><li>that reference the Civil War. </li></ul>
  12. 12. site:yale.edu intitle:&quot;index.of&quot; .mp3 <ul><li>site:yale.edu intitle:&quot;index.of&quot; .mp3 </li></ul><ul><li>Results in mp3 files from </li></ul><ul><li>Yale University. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Construct Your Search <ul><li>Question </li></ul><ul><li>What are the methods of tattoo </li></ul><ul><li>removal that a teen might consider? </li></ul><ul><li>Optimal search terms: </li></ul><ul><li>“ tattoo removal” teen site:gov </li></ul><ul><li>Answer: </li></ul><ul><li>Laser surgery, dermabrasion, surgical excision </li></ul>

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