Sunday, July 4, 2010

Tips on Internet Searching

When I conduct research for my writing projects I use Google. I am comfortable using it and have found it to work well for my needs. Currently, the top three search engines are Google, Yahoo Search, and Live Search. You probably have your favorite one.

To dig deeper, I will also use metasearch engines or MSEs. Metasearch engines return results from a combination of search engines—a very powerful way to look deep into the subject you are investigating. Popular metasearch engines include Dogpile, Clusty, ixQuick, and iBoogie.

The metasearch engine Dogpile includes results from Google, Yahoo Search, Live Search, and Ask, providing—a very wide-ranging crawl in cyberspace. Other metasearch engines may use different combinations of search engines to provide results.

Traditional search engines return hits in a vertical list ranked in order of relevance to keywords or the search query entered. Metasearch engines often return horizontal lists that presents terms and options related to the keyword query. The use of a metasearch engine is particularly useful for unfamiliar topics since the horizontal list breaks down the subject into topics. It is like a smorgasbord—you can pick what you need, and the topics presented might expose you to something you did not think about in your earlier research activities. You should really try this.

Another advantage of MSEs is that a search can be customized for the kind of results required. A specific search query can be customized to return results in such as: images, music, Web pages, news, blogs, people, or certain types of documents (pdf. files, Power Point, Excel, and so forth).

Search engines are always improving, almost on a daily basis with advances in technology, making searches easier and more exciting for users. Instead of picking the keyword in a research problem, some search utilities allow you to enter a question, such as “how is peridot formed?” Ask.com and Answers.com are two such search engines where questions can be entered for searching.

Today search engines return more multimedia (text, data, images, voice, and video objects) results. Kartoo is a search engine that, instead of providing either vertical or horizontal lists, returns a map of interconnected Web sites. Blinkx.com is a specialized search engine that locates multimedia, especially video content, on the Internet. Podscope.com returns lists of video, audio, or a combination of the two formats.

Scoopler.com presents the Internet as it happens—NOW, by gathering the news. It also returns breaking news and commentary from around the globe . Kosmix is a search engine that brings content throughout the Internet. Search results are returned in the format of a newspaper page divided into columns that includes such things as: news, videos, articles, interviews, quick facts and more.

Today search engines can truly advance the work of writers and researchers to a remarkable degree. Check these different search engines for your work on the Alma Mining District Project.

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