Basic Internet Search Tips
There are two useful engine types: Crawlers and Standard
Crawler examples (These are in a general order of usefulness):
1. Don Busca – very useful crawler 2. Query Server
5. Excite 6. Profusion
Standard examples (These are in a general order of usefulness):
1. Surfwax – very useful 2. Teoma
5. Yahoo 6. MSN
The University of
Type the address in your browser, or go to the
Many of the engines allow you to fill in words, so commands aren’t as important but, here are a couple that are handy.
“And” – use to focus your search. “Actinium” and “atomic weight” for example.
“Or” can be used if there are similar meanings for the search words.
Some search engines don’t recognize these commands. Check the
Pick one engine. You want results, not wasted time.
Limit the amount of time on the web. See “pick one engine.”
If you are having trouble, contact the instructor or one of the T. A.’s.