[AI] Advice on search engines
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Tue Apr 27 04:20:00 EDT 2010
ADVANCED WEB SEARCH
Find what you're looking for with our smart search tips
1. WHICH SEARCH ENGINE?
Google, the search engine of choice among members, excels at key word
searching for 'budget holiday', for example, produces over 55 million hits
with websites advertising cheap flights and budget holidays topping the
Alternatively, you can look through directories, which provide a good
of a topic. Yahoo! Directory (dir.yahoo.com) has 14 topics including
Recreation & Sports. Under this topic, click on Travel to reveal categories
ranging from African American Travel to Women, and a section on Budget
Here, you'll find novel websites such as www.place2stay.net which gives a
of people worldwide who will put you up free of charge.
2. META SEARCHING
Meta search engines are a good way to run a comprehensive search, or to
results from various search engines. One of the better-known of these is
Dogpile (www.dogpile.com), which compiles results from Google, Yahoo!, Bing
Ask. Other meta search engines include Clusty (www.clusty.com), which
its search results under headings on the left of the page.
3. PUNCTUATE YOUR WEB SEARCH
Using punctuation in your searches makes them more efficient. Putting
quotes around a key phrasesuch as "John Smith" only showspages where the
words appear together. Without quotes results such as 'St John's, Smith
Square' appear. If you aren't sure whether a word has a hyphen in it or not
(email or e-mail, for example), keep the hyphen in. Google will search all
Adding a + or - symbol will keep or remove certain words or phrases from
results. So if you wantto search for the Egyptian-themed hotel in Las
type Egypt + "Las Vegas".
A Boolean search is a way of using the uppercase words OR, AND, AND NOT and
when looking for results. On major search engines you can use the+ or - and
quote marks instead of the words.
4. BROWSER-BASED SEARCH
By default, Firefox includes Google search in the top right of the browser.
Click the down arrow to the right ofthe Google icon to switch to
including Wikipedia or eBay.
Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) has a similar drop-down menu. As with Firefox,
on this to switch search engine. Click Change Search Defaults, select your
preferred search engine and then click Set Default to save changes.
5. COLOURFUL SEARCHES
There are a number of ways that you can search for images by colour.
(http://chromatik.labs.exalead.com), part of Exalead's experimental area,
allows you to pick colours from a pre-defined palette and then returns
from Flickr (www.flickr.com) that match the colour; you can also enter a
keyword. Similarly, the Multicolor Search Lab
(http://labs.ideeinc.com/multicolr) from Idee Inc searches 10 million Flickr
images by colour. Alternatively, go to Google's image search
www.google.com/images and enter your search term. Click Show options and
a colour to search on.
6. SOCIAL BOOKMARKING
Social bookmarking websites such as Digg (digg.com), Delicious
and Reddit (reddit.com) allow their members to recommend interesting
they've seen online.
These tend to be fairly topical, and searching these sites is a good way to
information about current or recent events. All three services offer a
box on their home pages; simply enter the term you're looking for. Digg,
example, lets you sort results by best match, newest and most popular.
7. IMPROVE YOUR IMAGE (search)
Most search engines let you perform a specific image search. Go to the
of your preferred search engine and look for a link titled Images (or
Alternatively, bookmark the image search of your preferred engine:
Ask images: www.ask.com/images
Bing images: www.bing.com/images
Google images: images.google.co.uk
Yahoo! Images: images.search.yahoo.com
To search for images, enter your search term, "Colosseum, Rome", for example
and click Search.Click on advanced image search to limit results by image
or type , file type or to limit search results to display only colour or
8. EXPLORE THE BLOGOSPHERE
There are millions of blogs online but only a handful of them are worth
Sorting the wheat from the chaff is where Bloglines can help. Bloglines
you search or subscribe to news feeds and blogs. To sign up for an account
to www.bloglines.com and enter an email address and password.
Check your email account (including your junkemail box) for an email from
This email will contain a link redirecting you to a page where you can
to popular blogs and news feeds including Dilbert Daily Strip and Guardian
Unlimited Books. Simply tick those you're interested in and click Subscribe
to My Selections. To find other blogs of interest click on the top 1,000
9. LIBRARY LOOKUP
Many libraries have digitised their records making these searchable online.
British Library (www.bl.uk), for example, allows you to search over 30,000
records including catalogue records, journal articles and images.
the US Library of Congress (http://catalog.loc.gov/webvoy.htm) has a
10. FILE TYPE SEARCHING
Rather than hunting through trillions of HTML-based web pages, you can
your search by looking for specific file types. Click on Advanced search
enter your search term. Click on the drop-down menu and select one of the
A quick way to search by file type in Google is to include the word
followed by the three-letter file extension and the key words. For example,
filetype:pdf Searches PDF files
filetype:doc Searches Word documents
filetype:ppt Searches PowerPoint files
You can also search for Word, Excel, PowerPoint and PDF files using the
11. WHO'S WHO?
If you've come across an unfamiliar website you might, for security reasons,
wonder who's behind it. To find out, go to Whois (http://domain.tools.com).
Type in the website address (www.which.co.uk, for example) and then click
12. ENTERTAINMENT SEARCHES
The Internet Movie Database (IMDb, www.imdb.com) is your one-stop shop for
information about a movie, TV show or actor. Alternatively, to search for
celebrities go to Bing (www.bing.com), click More and then the link to
The tool shows the most searched for celebrities.
STEP BY STEP -GOOGLE WONDER WHEEL
1. ENTER YOUR SEARCH
Wonder Wheel allows you to visualise a search and to easily find related
keywords. Enter a simple search into Google's search box; The Beatles, for
example. Click Search. To see the Wonder Wheel, click the blue Show
2. VISUALISE YOUR SEARCH
Under the heading StandardView, click Wonder Wheel. This reveals a wheel
spoke-style map showing connections. In our case, this includes The Beatles
Songs, The Beatles Lyrics and John Lennon.
3. REFINE YOUR SEARCH
Click on a wheel to narrow your search. For instance, if you click on John
Lennon this creates another wheel showing searches connected to him,
John Lennon Imagine, John Lennon biography and John Lennon death.
STEP BY STEP - ALL THE WEB
All The Web searches billions of web pages. The advanced page allows you to
define your search closely. Here's how to search for that needle!
1. ACCESS ADVANCED SEARCH
Go to www.alltheweb.com and click the blue link titled advanced search.
you'll see a number of filters listed - filters are simply a way of
narrowing your search. We want to search for information about Tai Chi
2. START FILTERING RESULTS
At the top of the page in the box titled 'Search for - all of the words'
we've typed in Martial Arts. In the text, We've typed Tai Chi into the
empty box. To exclude words or phrases from the search, click the drop-down
3. FILTER BY LOCATION
You can further narrow your search by type of domain (.uk, .gov., .com, and
on) and by country. We further limited the search to websites updated in
last two years. Our first hit was for the Tai Chi Union of Great Britain -
not a bad start.
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