information on the World Wide Web is getting easier but the number
of sites is rapidly growing. There are millions of Web sites and knowing
how to access them quickly is important. It is a good idea to narrow
your search by figuring out what you want to find and then
deciding what key words will help you locate that information. Remember,
you may have to do multiple searches to find the information that
you are looking for, but you will have fun seeing what else is on
Helpful Hints to Narrow Your Search
Use lower case letters for a broad search: For example, a
search for computers will list Web sites with computers,
Computers, and COMPUTERS.
not use a, an, or the: These words do not help narrow your
specific. Use all significant terms in your search: For example,
if you are looking for information about welfare reform,
use these as your key words. Don't use just the word welfare
quotation marks around a word or phrase when searching for an
exact match: For example, a search by the word consult
would return Web sites that include the word consult
as well as the words consultant, consulting,
consultation, etc. However, if you put quotation marks
around "consult," only pages with that word in them will be returned.
AND (always capitalized) to narrow your search: For example,
searching for computer AND donation will
find Web sites that contain both terms.
OR (always capitalized) to broaden your search: For example,
searching for training OR placement will find Web
sites that contain either term.
your search by putting terms in quotation marks: For example,searching
for "computer recycling" will find only sites
dealing with computer recycling, with the two terms appearing
next to each other.
The same search without quotation marks would yield a much larger
number of sites dealing with some aspect of computers and some aspect
of recycling, but not necessarily computer recycling.
The following examples are just a few of the many types of search
engines available on the internet. Try one for your next Web search:
search techniques among different Web search sites do vary. Please
consult the "help" section of the individual search site that you
are using. *Please note, all items above are examples of searches.