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Summary

Finding comprehensive information on the Web is no longer a matter of typing a term into a search engine. There are a number of advanced techniques, combined with a variety of new search tools, that can enhance your ability to get to the information you need. By combining the techniques and tools in this chapter with a systematic strategy for conducting your searches, you’ll be amazed at the variety of questions you’re able to answer and the amount of detail you discover.

Checklist for Becoming a Search Maestro

Check off the following points as you learn the following advanced search techniques.

  • Formulate Boolean queries.

  • Use advanced search options of common search engines.

  • Find sites that are associated with the Web site you’re viewing.

  • Conduct background searches on keywords from any Microsoft Office application.

  • Find bots that automate your search process.

  • Synchronize your Web pages with your local hard drive.

  • Find databases on the Invisible Web.

  • Use a systematic strategy to search the Web.



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