Syntax for Search Engines

NorthernLight Tips sheet: [gif] [pdf]

Fields include: COMPANY:, TEXT: (anywhere in text), TITLE: (in document title), URL: (text in URL). Colon separates field name and object of search; e.g., TITLE:"Northern Light" and NorthernLight

Snap

Elements are " ", +, -

AltaVista

Elements are " ", +, -. *

Fields include host:, domain:, link: (specific URL), title: , urt: (specific words in the URL), anchor:, apple:, image:, text:.

Can use natural languge queries.

HotBot imposes 1000 result limit

Elements include " ", AND, NOT, OR

Pull down menus for "look for" and for return functions: number, nature of descript, time period and location.

Dogpile

Elements include " ", ( )

Searches in web catalog and in regional yellow and white page, require a comma to separate search topic from geographic area (city, state and/or ZIP code).

Oingo

Short phrases are best way to search.

Only element is +; otherwise assumes OR between words.


Your comments and suggestions are appreciated.

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Syntax for Search Engines
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[Thursday, 23-Oct-2014 02:37:50 EDT]
Edited by: wilkins@mps.ohio-state.edu on Friday, 31-Mar-2000 14:32:35 EST