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Chapter 3. Making the Most of Your Web Searches > Conducting Advanced Searches

Conducting Advanced Searches

After you do an initial search using your favorite search or metasearch engine, you might find that you have too much information. You can then narrow your search using two techniques. Generally, in most search engines you can use operators like AND and OR to narrow your results (a Boolean search). Alternatively, you can use specific advanced search capabilities that the various major search engines support, which make it easier to conduct Boolean searches.

Creating a Boolean Search

A Boolean search is one that uses operators, such as AND, OR, and NOT, to create a query that is more exact than the general searches. Boolean searches can be extremely powerful when you understand the purpose of each operator and how to properly combine each one. Table 3-1 lists and describes these operators.


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