Searching the Web

aGoogleaday Game

A Google search game that tests your creative search techniques

Search Tips

Know your search tool

Study the instructions, understand the defaults

-- ex: Google Search Instructions; Yahoo!; Bing; Twitter

Take advantage of “query by example” or “find other similar sites”

Use the “advanced” or “power” search option

Resources and search engines change – keep current

-- ex: emergence of left column faceted searching

    Search Engines

    Use software programs known as robots, spiders or crawlers to search the  web and build a database of sites. Useful for narrow, well-defined search of many web sites.

    Search results are based on an algorithm that combines:

    -- The keywords entered are located on the website's text, metadata (title, keyword, summary)

    -- Number of quality websites linking to and from the webpage

    -- "Sponsored" results generally at the top of the page and are marked


    Deep Web Search Engines

    There are many ways to search the deep web; here are but a few:

    Social Search (Web 2.0)

    Also referred to as crowdsourcing. Results are based on user recommended/contributed content. Good for surveying trends, emerging technology, breaking news. [Often requires a free membership to join the network of users]

    This is the data frequently used by the CORE lab for Network Analysis.