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Chapter 15. Using the Internet > Effective Search Strategies

Effective Search Strategies

Two key terms used in comparing search engine performance are recall and precision. Having a high recall rating indicates that a search engine returns a great number of documents from a search. High precision refers to the percentage of returns that actually match your search criteria. The goal on which to focus is to increase the precision of your searches.

You can achieve more efficient search results through the use of search syntax. There are a few simple syntax elements that can greatly help to refine your search. Incorporating search syntax into your queries will make each search far more effective in finding the information you want. In other words, it will increase the precision of your search.


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