Web Search Basics

Using General Search Engines More Effectively


Search Engines use robot spiders in order to constantly monitor changes to the Web, such as new documents, blogs, and news stories. It would be impossible for you to track all these changes yourself, which is why search engines are your window for having constant access to the latest information. However, finding credible information that is useful and relevant is quite another story.

All though most people tend to play "guess and check" with searching, it is incredible how a few small techniques can make a dramatic impact on efficiency and effectiveness of you searches. Here are some sources on the basic strategies you can use for finding information through general search engines:


Google's Search Features

Yahoo!'s Basic Search Tips

Query Techniques

My Favorite Search Strategies

Web Search Strategies in Plain English

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