MRG QuickNotes 1998


Basics for Searching the Web

Tour Guide: Nancy Warren
So, you want to find some information? Try searching the World Wide Web.

First a few rules:
M Do not turn PC off.
MM Do not change any of the program or computer default settings.
MMM NEVER Download anything to the polymer science computers.

n You must have access to a browser: Netscape Navigator and Internet Explorer are two popular browsers.

n Double click the browser icon.

n If you want to research a word or topic, you will want to select a search engine. Listed below are search engines where you can do your search.

n You can search by topic using the suggested guides (i.e. Education: College). Your other alternative is to search by keywords - one to two words describing what you are looking for. Type them in the textbox given and click search. The engine will do the work for you.

n If this is your first time to use a search engine, let me suggest two places you might want to visit before going to some of these other search engines. www.searchenginewatch.com This site gives information on major search engines and how they work.
www.askjeeves.com At this site you type in a question that is then interpreted back to you to achieve the type of search you want. Basically, you use english to search rather than a keyword or phrase.

www.about.com www.inktomi.com
www.alltheweb.com www.looksmart.com
www.altavista.com www.lycos.com
www.aol.com/netfind www.msn.com
www.beta.go.com www.netscape.com
www.directhit.com www.northernlight.com
www.dejanews.com www.planetsearch.com
www.excite.com www.reference.com
www.filez.com www.search.com
www.go.com www.snap.com
www.google.com www.thunderstone.com
www.goto.com www.webcrawler.com
www.hotbot.com www.yahoo.com
www.infoseek.com

n You can also use a multi or meta search engine, such as www.dogpile.com. The way these work is by taking your topic of choice, and translating it properly to each of approx. 25 search engines. You see, search engines don't all support the use of Boolean operators such as NOT, AND, NEAR and OR. It is the job of the multi search engine to substitute or remove non-supported terminology from the query. The multi search engine then compiles hits from each of the "single search" engines into a list for your use. Now get to it. See what information is out there.
Here is a list of some well-known Meta search engines.
www.go2net.com - MetaCrawler
www.infind.com - Inference Find
www.savvysearch.com - SavvySearch
www.isleuth.com - Internet Sleuth
www.mamma.com - Mamma
www.metafind.com - Metafind

n You may find that you need to get more specific with your search, or maybe come from a different direction in order to get the information desired. *Just make sure you don't get sidetracked from your search. It happens very easily. Good Luck!

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