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Part: 1 Search Basics

Part 1: Search Basics

Search Basics

If you're new to online searching, we suggest that you read the four chapters in this part of the book from start to finish. With this information under your belt, you'll get a lot more out of the specific search engine chapters in Parts 2 and 3.

Chapter 1, “Search Engines and How They Work,” brings you up to speed fast on what search engines are all about and how they accomplish the mammoth task of collecting information from Web sites around the world.

Chapter 2, “Unique Keywords,” lays out specific steps for choosing the best search terms for your Web searches. Coming up with the right keywords is the essence of effective searching, and this chapter will show you how to do just that.

Chapter 3, “Basic Search Tools,” builds on the keyword concept by showing you how to enter and combine search terms. Each search engine has its own way of doing things, but the basic concepts are similar from one search engine to the next. Once you know the basics, you'll be well equipped to deal with almost any search engine.

Chapter 4, “Tips and Techniques,” lays out the “Seven Habits of Highly Effective Web Searchers,” offers advice on customizing your Web browser, and presents some tried-and-true techniques for making your online sessions easier and more productive.



 

Chapter 1: Search Engines and How They Work

 

Chapter 2: Unique Keywords

 

Chapter 3: Basic Search Tools

 

Chapter 4: Tips and Techniques


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