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Search Engines

This is a list and quick guide to using common search engines.

Boolean AND means that all the terms you specify must appear in the documents, i.e., "heart" AND "attack." You might use this if you wanted to exclude common hits that would be irrelevant to your query.

Boolean OR means that at least one of the terms you specify must appear in the documents, i.e., bronchitis, acute OR chronic. You might use this if you didn't want to rule out too much.

Boolean NOT means that at least one of the terms you specify must not appear in the documents. You might use this if you anticipated results that would be totally off-base, i.e., nirvana AND Buddhism, NOT Cobain

Capitalization This is essential for searching on proper names of people, companies or products. Unfortunately, many words in English are used both as proper and common nouns--Bill, bill, Gates, gates, Oracle, oracle, Lotus, lotus, Digital, digital--the list is endless.



Good Search Engines:
https://www.google.com/
http://www.dogpile.com/
http://duckduckgo.com/
http://www.ask.com/

This will show you websites from the past
http://www.archive.org/

Online Dictionary for Computer and Internet Terms and Definitions
http://www.webopedia.com/

Last modified January 13 2012 03:58 PM

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