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Search Engine Tutorial


 
This is a free online search engine tutorial for students and includes what is a search engine, where to find search information, how to search, specialized searches, usenet news searches, meta search, Web search, gopher search, music search, how to use search tools,find music and mp3 files, how search engines work, how they find your Web page, how SEs rank pages, and even search engine ratings and search engine information for Web masters. In no time at all you will be searching the Web, the Internet and learning how to find specific search information on the Web.
 
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How to Optimize Web Page for the Search Engines
How to Register Your Web Page with Search Engines
How to Increase Web Traffic
Introduction to META Tags
 

 
Search Engine Tutorial Contents

 

 

How To Use A Search Engine

Begin your study of this section with an understanding of what the search tools are and how they differ. A Web directory, such as Yahoo, is a database of URL addresses for the hyperlinks and the entire database is entered manually at the keyboard by people working for Yahoo. Directories are man-made. Robots, spiders, search engines are all software programs that may run independently. Explore the tutorials in the resource list, below.
 
A Web author or webmaster needs to know how search engines, directories, spiders, and robots work in order to optimize META information for Web page position in the search engines.
 
Just a little search iconBelow this paragraph is a search engine. To find information about time zones, just type time zones into the white space in front of the search button, below, then click using the mouse on the Search button, the rectangle with the word Search. This action will take you to the home site of Fast search where you will be able to see a page of hyperlinks about time zones. To read more about time zones you simply single click on one of the hyperlinks on the "results" page.

 
Google Search

Advanced Google Search
Now, one more search.... What are you going to type into the search line if you want to see a picture of an old Ford Edsel? First I will try typing Ford Edsel into the white space and then I will click on the search button. This search is not effective because it lists too many unrelated Web sites about Edsel Ford, the person, and not about the 1959 Ford Edsel automobile models. Now I will try typing 1959 Ford Edsel. With this second attempt I have more hyperlinks to the 1959 Ford Edsel models. I also read in one hyperlink description on the results page that there was a 1958 Ford Edsel model. I need to return to the search and type 1958 Ford Edsel. When I do this, the new results page is loaded with hyperlinks related to the 1958 Ford Edsel models, surveys and other related links. You can see by this trial and error approach that a search will not give you the results you want about any topic if your search words are "too broad of a category". You will need to be specific in what you ask for in your searches.
Another thing to do when using Google is to click on the Advanced Search link when you first see the Google search page. This link is usually to the right of the search bar. When you arrive at the Advanced search page you will see search options such as With All of The Words, With the Exact Phrase, With At Least One of the Words, and Without the Words. Use Without the Words to eliminate topics on your search page, to narrow down the search. (This omits whatever you type into "Without the Words".) Do not type too many words into the line that reads "With All of the Words" or this is the same as having too broad of a search. Make the words count specifically for what you want to find. Also look on a search results page for the link to narrow down the search. "Exact Phrase" means just that, but when you type it in, do not use the quotation marks.
 
   To run a search at www.hitmill.com/ just click on the radio button in the blue search box above where the button is beside www.hitmill.com. Type in the text box search words and click on the command button (bar) the reads "Google Search". Next you will see a page of search results but instead of Google results being from the Web, the Google Search results will be from www.hitmill.com/. Try doing the search at www.hitmill.com/ by typing in "history of computers" (no quotation marks). Look at the results page and notice that most all of the results are for pages at hitmill.com. Now click the radio button next to Web and repeat the same search for "history of computers" (no quotation marks). This time each of the search results are from the Web so you see diffferent domains (addresses of other sites) in the Web addresses.
 
Also read about "How to Conduct An Advanced Internet Search" if you want to get really good at using a search engine.
 
Information about advanced searches varies with each search engine and may be found at the home site for each search engine. http://www.hitmill.com/html/promote/search.htm#list  is an alphabetical list of search engines and search directories.

 
How Internet Search Engines Work
(howstuffworks.com)
 
The Best Search Engines
(UCB at berkeley.edu)
 
Google Technology
(google.com)
 
The Spider's Apprentice
by Linda Barlow from Monash
Information Services:  How to conduct
searches, use search engines, search
engine tutorials, and more!
 
Meta-Search Engines Tutorial
(UCB at Berkeley.edu)
 
Search Engine Features for Web Masters
 
Neilsen NetRatings Search Engine Ratings
 
How Search Engines Work
(searchenginewatch.com/)
 
How Search Engines Work
(learnthenet.com)
 
Search Engine Watch
Learn how search engines compare with others and which ones are popular...
 
Hitwise Search Engine Ratings
 
Millions of Searches per Day
Search Engine Ratings
(At the Spider's Apprentice)
 
Yahoo Answers
 

Special Internet Searches

Internet Search Tools and MP3 Searches, Napster
Internet Search Tools and Techniques
This "Sink or Swim" article is from Okanagan University College in Canada.
Enterprise Search
AltaVista Audio Search
Napster
MP3 Search.com
 
Meta Search
Meta-Search Engines (primer)
 
Gopher
Google's Directory of Gopher Sites
The Gopher Manifesto
Veronica FAQ
The Gopher Protocol
Cyber Gopher Search
 
Newsgroups
Searching Newsgroups
 
All About Newsgroups
 
Newsgroup Tips
from AOL.com/netfind
 
HytelNET
HytelNET Archive of TelNET Sites
HytelNET: First Directory of Internet Resources
History of Internet's first Hypertext Directory
Hytelnet and the Floodgap Hytelnet-HTTP Museum Gateway
 
FTP Searches
File Transfer Protocol Tutorial: Introduction to FTP
Filewatcher FTP Search
MetaFTP.com FTP Search Engine
Fast FTP Search

 

Internet Search Tools


 
Teachersites.Com
This site is searchable by category and also has a site searchengine and a wonderful site map. Well done! Site owner is an educator.
 
LookSmart Education Database
 
BRAINTRACK
A listing of over 5,300 colleges and universities in 152 countries.
 
The Schrock Guide
Site owner is also an educator. Site is searchable by well-organized categorical links.
 
Education World:
A search site especially for educators; see the search area at the top of the page.
 
The Study Web
 Requires a password login now.
 

Music

Submit your Music Search Sites or Venues/Concert Info Here

Games Search

Gopher Searches

Gopher Directory
at gopher.micro.umn.edu
(University of Minnesota)>
 
Gopher directory
at gopher.tc.umn.edu
 
Gophers by Subject
 

Anonymous FTP

FAST FTP Search FTP Search

 

UseNET News

Searching Newsgroups
 
All About Newsgroups
 
Newsgroup Tips
from AOL.com/netfind
 
DejaNews
Free Searches of Usenet News
 
HotBot
Usenet quick search
 

Meta-Search


Infoseek Ultra
Superfast, popular meta search engine
Infoseek Ultra has merged four search engines into one integrated tool that is accurate, current, and comprehensive.
 
Webcrawler
 
Brian's White Pages for Infoseek Ultra
Includes directions for making advanced searches with Infoseek Ultra. Greatly helpful.
 
MetaCrawler
Queries 8 search engines
 
Savvy Search
A Meta Search Engine:
This engine sends your query in parallel to many search engines. The results are displayed in a homogeneous format. It is a multi-lingual engine.
 
Dogpile
Will search the Web, FTP, Usenet newsgroups, newswires, business news and more. It is able to query 14 different search engines.
 
Inference Find
Queries 7 search engines
 
Metafind
Queries 5 search engines
 
MetaSearch Information
from University of California at Berkeley
 
SearchBuddy
A New Java-powered Meta-Search Engine
 

Using Search Software


 
Currently on the Web, there is freeware, shareware, and commercial  software programs for you to download to your C:\ drive and utilize for searching several search engines at once, without having to worry about individual search formats and rules for each search engine. It saves time. Here are a few links for starters.

 
WebFerret
Free downloads available of Web Ferret. Web Ferret Pro $26.95 when site checked January 02, 2000.
 
Copernic2000
Copernic2000 is freeware. I use it.
It saves a lot of time. Intuitive
interface. Search info. may be
saved or deleted easily.
 
Copernic2000 Plus/Pro v.4.1
This is commercial software
 
Inforian Quest99
This is commercial software, with 30 day free trial available.
Inforian Quest99 was $24.95 when site checked January 01, 2000.
 
Alexa
A free Web navigation service that works in conjunction with your browser when you surf. It is easy to install and use.
 
EasySeeker
This is Net searching freeware and you have to put up with some advertisements. The version without advertisements is $19.95 Homepage is http://www.bluesquirrel.com/"
Free searching courses are offered.
 

Search Tools

This is a partial listing of search engines, directories and other search tools available on the Web. Bookmark this list.

   

 

 

 

 
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