Standard Search Engines
crawls Web pages to build lists of words that are then indexed and stored into a searchable database
Google, Bing, Yandex
Purpose of a search engine
For the same reason you need a card catalogue in a library, people use a search engine when browsing the Web. There is a lot of great and useful information but when it is not physically possible to examine all sources personally, a search engine assists the resesarcher in sifting through the near endless and constantly changing information on the Web.
Search Engine Features
ability to use Boolean, Phrase, and Field searching
Wild Card (Truncation) suport
ability to subsitute part of a word or a whole word with the " * "
ability to find variants of terms such as, tense, plural & singular form
Size of database
how large the search engine's database is
feel and *look
uncluttered and easy to use interface
These are only a few features of search engines.
filter out inappropirate content
Number of results
how many dispayed per page (SERP)
predications while you type
Where results open
new tab? same tab? new window?
ability to translate
Your search engine may have many other customization options, however, these seem to be standard among the majority.
Math Calculation/Conversion support
convert 2 miles to inches
raise to a power of, 237^3
Phrase your query
Check your keywords
put more important terms in the begining
Forget about case
use all lower case (excluding Boolean operators)
Avoid stop words
common stop words include: a, are, as, be, for, has, that, will, was, to, is, it...
Use refinements alone or in combination with others
Boolean operators, Phrase searching, Field searching
Advanced Search Features
term1 AND term2
returns results that include both query terms
term1 OR term2
returns results that include either of two query terms
results must INCLUDE the term
results must EXCLUDE the term
" this is a phrase "
returns results that include the exact phrase
returns results that include the term in the Web page URL
filetype: document extension (pdf, doc)
returns results that are only the specified document type
Get a map
map portland or
Get local weather forcast
Define a term
Get movie showtimes
Find area gas prices
Learn sports scores
See current market data for a given company or fund
enter stock ticker, e.g. goog (for Google)
See he time in many cities around the world
Find precise times of sunrises and sunsets
sunrise new york
Not all search engines support instant answers or the same ones.
sends user request to other search engines then displays the results in a single list
DogPile, MetaCrawler, Mamma
Sites to explore
provides tips and information about searching the web and analysis of the search engine industry
search engine syntax, advanced search engine features, filtering results
website and blog about filter bubbling, what search engines are hiding from you
international directory of search engines across 314 countries, since 1998
news and information site covering search engine marketing, searching issues and the search engine industry
connect with industry professionals to learn about and discuss topics
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