All too often I hear comments like “I can’t find anything on the Internet” or “I’m afraid of getting viruses from the Internet” or “Where do I start”. In today’s meetings, we discussed some tried and true methods of searching the Internet successfully and easily.
Google is the current king of web searching and should be your first stop to start any search.
Boolean searching is probably the single best methodology to learn to improve your searching skills. Here’s how it works in a nutshell:
ex: “create template”
|only documents with the phrase you enclose in quotes|
|Include (AND) – ex:
“create template” +Excel
|documents with your phrase AND the word or phrase you include after the + sign*|
|Exclude (NOT)- ex:
“create template” -Lotus
|documents with your phrase WITHOUT any sign of the word or phrase you include after the – sign*|
ex: dogs OR canines
|returns documents that include one of the words or phrases you typed on either side of the OR|
abraham NEAR lincoln
|documents that include either word before or after the operator IF they are within 10 words of each other|
* Note that the AND and NOT operators/conventions can be used in place of the + and – sign respectively.
Unlike searching topics in a library, web searching requires you to start more specific and then broaden your searches if unsuccessful with results.
Learn to utilize the power of your computer and the Internet to cull through results faster. Even with a fast Internet connection, clicking on one search result at a time is tedious and wastes time. Instead try these techniques:
Internet Explorer & Mozilla Firefox
Use this sites for specialized searches:
|Residential Phone Numbers (including reverse lookup)||Whitepages|
|National Yellow Pages||Big Book or Dex Online|
|Movies||Internet Movie Database|