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LOTS OF PEOPLE SPEND LOTS OF TIME LOOKING FOR SPECIFIC INFORMATION ON THE WORLD WIDE WEB (WWW), BUT OFTEN EITHER THE SEARCH TOOL THEY SELECT OR THE
SEARCH WORDS THEY CRAFT DO NOT YIELD GOOD RESULTS.

WHILE STUDYING ALL THE ASPECTS NEEDED TO PERFORM A PROFESSIONAL-LIKE INQUIRY CAN BE A CHALLENGING EXERCISE, MOST INTERNET CONSUMERS USUALLY JUST WANT A QUICK ANSWER THEY CAN USE.

IT CAN BE SAID THAT THE WEB IS THE SUM OF ALL HUMAN KNOWLEDGE, BUT WHEN YOU ONLY NEED A SMALL PIECE FROM ALL THAT INFORMATION WHY NOT DO IT THE EASY WAY.

IN 1998 THE WEB SEARCH TOOL GOOGLE WAS LAUNCHED AND IT HAS INDEXED SEVERAL BILLION WEBPAGES. SO FAR NO OTHER SEARCH ENGINE OR SEARCH DIRECTORY HAS CLAIMED MORE RESOURCES. IN FACT, THE POPULAR EXPRESSION FOR FINDING SOMETHING ON THE INTERNET NOW IS -- GOOGLE IT. ALSO, GOOGLE HAS HUMAN EDITORS TO SEE THAT EVERYTHING KEEPS RUNNING SMOOTHLY.

WHEN YOU ARRIVE AT THE GOOGLE FRONT PAGE, THE FLASHING INSERTION-BAR IS IN THE REGULAR GOOGLE INPUT BOX. AFTER ENTERING YOUR SEARCH WORD OR PHRASE, YOU CAN THEN SELECT THE ADJACENT-TO-RIGHT BUTTON WHICH IS LABELED I-AM-FEELING-LUCKY-TODAY. THIS BUTTON THEN JUMPS TO THE TOP OF THE LIST OF GOOGLE SEARCH RETURNS AND SELECTS THIS BEST-RATED LINK.

OR, YOU CAN SELECT THE NEXT-TO-RIGHT BUTTON FOR AN ADVANCED SEARCH WHICH CAN INCLUDE SPECIFYING FILE TYPE, DOCUMENT TITLE OR REVISION DATE, AS WELL AS UTILIZING EXACT-MATCH AND NOT-RELATED FILTERS.

ADDITIONALLY, GOOGLE OFFERS A SEARCH DIRECTORY WITH THESE TOP-LEVEL CATEGORIES; ARTS, BUSINESS, COMPUTERS, GAMES, HEALTH, WORLD, HOME, KIDS AND TEENS, NEWS, RECREATION, REFERENCE, REGIONAL, SCIENCE, SHOPPING, SOCIETY AND SPORTS. (NOTE - THESE DRILL-DOWN GROUPINGS WERE REMOVED FROM THE GOOGLE WEBSITE WITH NO NOTICE IN 2010)

PLUS, THE HADLEY SCHOOL FOR THE BLIND HAS IDENTIFIED GOOGLE AS THE INTERNET SEARCH TOOL MOST USER-FRIENDLY FOR VISION LOSS CONSUMERS.

GO TO:

- WWW DOT GOOGLE DOT COM
- SEARCH OPTIONS...
1. VERBATIM: TO NARROW THE GOOGLE SEARCH RESULTS
2. SITE: TO JUMP TO SPECIFIC TOPIC AT A WEBSITE
3. DEFINE: TO CHECK WORD SPELLING OR GET MEANING

IN ADDITION, THE MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (M.I.T.) OFFERS A UNIQUE SEARCH TOOL NAMED TEK (TIME EQUALS KNOWLEDGE). THIS SERVER SEARCH SERVICE SAVES TIME ONLINE AND AVOIDS POOR INTERNET CONNECTIONS, AS WELL AS NO NEED TO DO WEB DOWNLOADING, BY SENDING A INQUIRY REPORT VIA COMPRESSED E-MAIL ATTACHMENT.

TO USE THIS SEARCHING-WHILE-OFFLINE METHOD GO TO:

HTTP://TEK.SOURCEFORGE.NET

ANOTHER POTENTIAL TIME SAVER IS TO TURN-OFF BROWSER GRAPHICS. IN THE MACINTOSH SAFARI BROWSER UNDER APPEARANCES AND IN THE WINDOWS INTERNET EXPLORER BROWSER UNDER WEB CONTENT, EACH OF THESE AND OTHER BROWSERS CAN BE SET TO VIEW WEBPAGES AS TEXT-ONLY. THE VALUE OF THIS WORK-AROUND CAN ONLY BE DETERMINED BY EXPERIMENTATION.

ONE FURTHER INTERNET SEARCHING TRICK IS TO NARROW THE NUMBER OF SERVER AFFILIATIONS TO BE CONSIDERED. SPECIFICALLY, IF THE OPTION IS AVAILABLE, DESIGNATE ANY OF THE TOP LEVEL DOMAINS OTHER THEN DOT COM. FOR EXAMPLE, WHEN LOOKING FOR NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS LIMIT THE SEARCH TO JUST DOT ORG.

FINALLY, WHEN TRYING TO LOCATE INDIVIDUAL ITEMS, SUCH AS A CONSUMER PRODUCT, THE BUSINESS HEADINGS USED IN PHONE BOOK YELLOW PAGES CAN SOMETIMES BE A HELPFUL SOURCE FOR SEARCH WORDS.

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