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Search Engine Tutorial

Search Engine Tutorial - Reviewed by Kidzworld on Dec 27, 2006
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Search Engine Tutorial - Internet, Basic Search Tips, Search Symbols, Subject Directories, Metacrawlers, Spiders, Images - Page 1

There are a gazillion Web pages out there - no exaggeration. Most of us can't even find the letter "z" on the keyboard. That's where search engines come in. The problem with search engines isn't that they don't find the info you want but that they find too much info. Keep reading to find out how to narrow down your search and find exactly what you're looking for.

So how do search engines work? Search engines put together a database of sites by sending "spiders" or "robots" to crawl through the Web, going from link to link. When spiders get to a Web site, they index most of the words on the available pages. When you use a search engine, the engine scans its database of sites to match your keywords to those same keywords in pages in the database.

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Basic Search Tips

It's easy to improve your search results. All you need to know are some basics. Some search engines have menus to do this but for others you have to enter the right commands. The following basic commands should be plenty of info for most people and should work in most of the major search engines.

Be Specific

The more specific you are, the more info you'll find. Tell the search engine exactly what you're looking for. For example, if you're looking for science experiments, enter School Science Fair Projects instead of science projects. If you know it's a chemistry experiment, add the word chemistry to your search.

The + Symbol

Put the most important terms in your search first. To make sure the search finds pages with all the words you're looking for, put the + symbol in front of each word. For example, if you're looking for info on Britney and Justin (like if they're still together) then enter +Britney +Justin. Only pages that have both words will be on the list.

The - Symbol

If you're looking for something specific but don't want tons of other info that's not related to your topic, use the - symbol. For example, if you're looking for info on Tony Hawk but don't wanna read about his games, enter Tony Hawk -Pro -Skater -game -Playstation.

Using Quotation Marks

When you put your search terms in quotation marks, it's called a "phrase search." The search engine will give you pages that have the terms in the exact order of the words in quotations. For example, if you're looking specifically for a biography on Sarah Michelle Gellar, enter "Sarah Michelle Gellar Biography" and see what comes up.

Combining Symbols

Once you know how the above symbols work, try combining them to narrow down your search. A better search, than using a bunch of subtractions, might be to do the following: "Kylie Minoque" -Fever -"CD Review"

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Booleans

Booleans (pronounced boo lee ans) can be used in most major search engines when they allow some kind of advanced searching. The most popular boolean operators are AND, OR and NOT. Booleans are a lot like the + and - symbols. AND means "include all of the words," OR means "include any of the words" and NOT means "exclude." For example, if you're looking for info on music and dancing enter music AND dancing. Your search will bring back sites that only include both those words.

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AnnaOfExquizurd
" In the vast, deep forest of Hyrule… long have I served as the guardian spirit… I am known as the Deku Tree. The children of the forest, the Kokiri, live here with me. Each Kokiri has his or her own guardian fairy. However, there is one boy who does not have a fairy…. " *** In his tree-trunk home, the boy was tossing and turning on his little cot. The circular room was dark; it was nighttime. And, as it was nighttime again, his young mind was plunged into the same nightmare again.... Hooves, galloping in a rapid staccato, like a myriad of drums being pounded, raced across a dark path lit on either side by fire as tall as the boy. But they only reached the shoulders of the horse as dark as midnight, its master clothed in cloth and armor just as dark. But that wasn't what was scary... it was the aura of evil practically dripping off the man, with his fiery hair and dark, nearly-green skin.... And how real he felt. *** "...Navi... Navi, where art thou? Come hither...." Back in my clearing, a cyan ball of light entered my line of sight, gently bobbing a few feet off of the ground. A pair of barely visible clear wings were the only indicator that she was facing me. Compared to my massive size, she was almost a speck. " Oh, Navi the fairy... listen to my words, the words of the Deku Tree.... Dost thou sense it? The climate of evil descending upon this realm.... Malevolent forces even now are mustering to attack our land of Hyrule.... For so long, the Kokiri Forest, the source of life, has stood a barrier, deterring outsiders and maintaining the order of the world.... But, before this tremendous evil power, my power is as nothing.... It seems the time has come for the boy without a fairy to begin his journey... the youth whose destiny it is to lead Hyrule to the path of justice and truth.... Navi, go now! Find our young friend and guide him to me... I do not Have much time left. Fly, Navi, fly! The fate of the forest--nay, the world--depends upon thee. "
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AnnaOfExquizurd
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