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QUICK INFORMATION OPERATORS

As a bit of a respite from the nitty-gritty searching, I’d like to go through a group of operators I call “quick information shots.” These are fun, useful and usually single subject search operators.

One that stands out for me as an ex-international marketing type, is Flight information. That is available through working only in the search entry box. Just type in the three letter codes for the USA airports and Google returns the flight info.

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HOW TO GO BEYOND THE ADVANCED SEARCH PAGE

How to go beyond the advanced search page means to get a bit more technical.

I have found that for my own searching of the visible web, the google advanced Search Page works well.

But, of course, that Advanced Search Page with its “fill in the blanks” approach is not for everyone. The more tech savvy people seem to prefer the “under my control” type of searching, That is, doing your own search strings.

That’s great for those of you that are born after 1980. Me, I’m a way before the 80’s baby and will take all the help that I can get.

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GOOGLE’s BETTER SEARCH METHODS

To use better search methods, we need to understand the simplified definitions of two words that are used through-out the Search series.

Operator: A word or symbol which helps the user command the computer to perform a logical manipulation.

Boolean: Boolean logic are the terms and, or, not and near that search engines recognize as commands to perform commands in setting the search string.

Lets do a quick review of the last post before we dig into the meat of Google’s Better Search Methods.

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WHY NOT JUST GOOGLE IT?

INTRO:
This blog series will try to make your searching for information a lot easier. In the coming posts we will cover subjects such as:

  1. Improving your basic searching
  2. Using Google Advanced Search
  3. Differences in searching between visible and invisible (Deep) web.
  4. How to evaluate the information found on the web.
  5. Searching through the public library online databases.
  6. How to conduct business, and person searches.
  7. How to use Association databases.

So, to answer the question, Why not just Google it?

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