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Part: 1 Search Basics > Tips And Techniques

Chapter 4. Tips And Techniques

So far, we've covered search engines and how they work, the importance of choosing unique keywords, and the basic search tools offered by most search engines on the World Wide Web. We'll wrap up this part of the book with some specific tips and techniques that will help you get the most out of the time you spend online—no matter what search engine you decide to use on a regular basis.

We'll start with Alfred and Emily Glossbrenner's “The Seven Habits of Effective Web Searchers.” Then we'll offer suggestions for customizing your Web browser so that you can access your favorite search tools automatically. We'll conclude with some advice on keyboard shortcuts and other timesavers.

The Seven Habits at a Glance

  1. Develop the Internet habit.

  2. Use the best tool for the job.

  3. Read the instructions.

  4. Choose unique keywords.

  5. Use multiple search engines.

  6. Consider the source.

  7. Know when to look elsewhere.


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