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Tuesday, 25 September 2007

Search me!

These days, most people would be aware that you can get information on just about anything on the internet.rolleyes

What I find so sad is that so many people just don't know how to search for this information.cry

I used to describe the Internet as a giant library where all of the books are on the floor and you have to sort through them to get what you want.
lol

Seems to be an apt description.
confused

Enter the Search Engine.

I use Google but there are many others to choose from.


For searching generally use the Google Search Engine here

For searching specialist areas use the Google Group Search Engine here

To search for pictures use the Google Image Search Engine here

To search Blogs use the Advanced Google Blog Search here

This short tutorial will give you some info on how to successfully use a search engine to find just about any information about any topic.

These steps apply to most of these search engines.

It does not matter what type of computer or internet browser you use.

Using Your Search Engine

Step 1
Go to the relevant search home page (don't forget to click on the pictures that follow to enlarge them so you can see better)




Step 2
Highlight how many results you wish to show. This is applicable to most of the other search engines. I usually say the maximum.



Step 3
Select your language so you don’t get lots of results that in Danish, unless of course you can read Danish



Step 4
Now, using the form area of your search engine put in as many or as few words to help narrow down your search.

For example:
I want to find out about reusing grey water.
In the ‘with all of the words’ I type grey gray (as it’s called in the States) water reuse reusing recycling
I left the exact phrase blank.
In ‘with at least one of the words’ I type homestead home house laundry
In ‘without the words’ sewerage black


Click on the Google search button and go through your results.


If you find that there are too many inappropriate try excluding words such as systems, company, sale, book etc. You could even narrow your search to the country that you live in.

Regards, Doc wink

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