Advanced searching allows you to limit results and helps you break through ranking algorithms to find those useful documents that are multiple levels deep.
Today’s tip: Boolean Searching
Boolean searching is when you use the words AND, OR, or NOT to join your search terms.
- in Yahoo!, Exalead and MSN, use AND, OR, NOT
- in Gigablast, use AND, OR, AND NOT
- Make sure to capitalize the operators:
(adolescent OR juvenile) AND (“capital punishment” OR “death penalty”) NOT children
The tips in this weekly update are from a January 2006 presentation for SLA, “Beyond the Basics of Internet Search Engines: Choosing and Using the Best Features of the Major Engines”, Rita Vine, MLS, firstname.lastname@example.org.