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About this book
Dedicated to you the searcher
Table of Contents
Improve Your Searches Now!
Authors & Contributors    Authors
   Acknowledgements
Book Overview    Book overview
   Book hyperlinking
Chapters

1:  INTRODUCTION TO SEARCHING
Search Engine Overview
How Search Engines Work

 Catalogs and indexes
Catalog types and origins
Selecting a search engine

External References & Links: Chapter 1

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2:  SEARCH TOOLS & STRATEGIES
Other Ways to Search Meta search engines
Subject directories
Specialized search engines
Deep web search engines
Distinctions between search tools
Basic Search Strategies Select your search tools
Refine your search
Post-process your findings
External References & Links: Chapter 2

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3:  SEARCH ENTRY BASICS

Refining Search Results

What are parameters?
Why use parameters?
Parameter types
Parameter application

Search Interfaces and Filter Entry

Simple search interfaces
Advanced search interfaces

Primary Search Entry Interfaces

Simple Web search interfaces
Advanced Web search interfaces
Subject directory search interfaces
Local application interfaces

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4:  SAMPLE SEARCH PROJECTS

Case #1: Stock Investment Search
Case #2: Multi-Media File Search
Case #3: Health-Related Search Search requirements and approach
Search strategy
AlltheWeb
AltaVista
Copernic
Google
MSN Search
Comparative analysis
Case #4: Industrial-Strength Search

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5:  MORE SEARCH INTERFACES

Specialized Search Entry Interfaces

Multi-media file search interfaces
Non-Web Internet application interfaces
Specialized topic search interfaces

Findings Display & Handling Interfaces

Organization of findings display
Presentation of individual findings

Findings Handling

Links from findings display
Post-processing of findings

Search Support: User Tool Interfaces

Setting user preferences
Other user tools

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6:  ADVANCED SEARCH OPTIONS

Introduction
Term-Based Search Filters

Term variation filters
Term relationship filters
Term relationships using Boolean logic
Prioritizing term relationship operators
A better interface for entering term-based filters

Metadata-
Based
Search Filters

Metadata and metatags
File structure characteristics
File content characteristics
Hosting site characteristics
Related documents or sites

Findings Display & Handling Parameters

Organization of findings display
Presentation of individual findings
Post-processing of findings

User Preference Setting Parameters Filter default value preferences
Findings display and handling preferences
Interface screen features preferences
Software Integration and efficiency preferences

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Features control center
Introduction to Features Matrices
User Interface Features Matrices Search entry interfaces
Findings display and handling interfaces
Search support: user tool interfaces
Search Filter Features Matrices

Term-based search filters
Metadata-based search filters

Non-Filter Parameters Features Matrices

Findings display and handling parameters
User preference setting parameters

Reference manual: Search engine features
Reference Manual Use

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3:  Primary Search Entry Interfaces

Simple Web Search Interfaces

Control center
Support for operator parameters
Intelligent avoidance of formal parameter entry

Advanced Web Search Interfaces
Subject Directory Search Interfaces

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5.1:  Specialized Search Entry Interfaces

  Multi-media file search interfaces
News document search interfaces
Other non-Web Internet application interfaces
People, business, and map search interfaces
Other specialized topic search interfaces

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5.2:  Findings Display & Handling Interfaces

Organization & Detailing of Findings

Overall ordering
Page organization
Presentation of individual findings

Links from Findings Display

Links for refining searches
Switching to other catalogs
More same-site findings
Related pages or terms
Related entries from other catalogs
Language translation links
Additional links

Post-Processing of Findings

Search within findings
Grouping and sorting
Language translation or page summary
Search follow-up

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5.3:  Search Support: User Tool Interfaces

 

Preference settings
Additional end user-specific tools
Other user tools

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6.1:  Term-Based Search Filters

Term Variation

Wildcards, substrings, stemming
Different spellings or phonetic matching
Formatting masks
Ignored words or characters

Term Relationship

Phrases
AND, OR, and NOT
Proximity
Prioritizing term relationship operators
Other kinds of term relationships

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6.2:  Metadata-Based Search Filters

File Structure Characteristics

File format
Embedded content
Document file section or location

File Content Characteristics

File age
Document language
Potentially offensive content
Additional document file content characteristics
Additional multi-media file content characteristics

Hosting Site Characteristics

Geographical region of server
URL (resource) or site Internet address
Findings shown per site

Related Documents or Sites

Similarity of meaning
Inverse page links

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6.3:  Findings Display & Handling Parameters

Organization of Findings Display

Overall ordering
Page organization

Presentation of Individual Findings

Finding fields to display
Finding language translation

Other Post-Processing of Findings

Search within findings
Language translation or page summary
Search follow-up

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6.4:  User Preference Setting Parameters

Filter Default Value Preferences

Document language
Potentially offensive content
Other filter setting preferences

Findings Display & Handling Preferences

Findings page organization
Individual findings detail
Handling of findings

Interface Screen Features Preferences Interface options made available
Interface language or style
Software Integration & Efficiency Preferences

Software integration
Software efficiency

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Effective Internet Search: E-Searching Made Easy!      Baylin Systems, Inc., 2006