If you like the IT
training, tutorial, and book resources on this site, then you may like
to know some searching tips on how I find all this good material. I
would like to give you detailed instructions on how to search for
computer and IT books and tutorials on the web. These are the
search methods and tips that have worked best for me when searching
for material for this web site.
1. Use a meta-search tool that uses several search engines and then preferably combines the results while sorting them for relevancy. One desktop tool I use is Copernic 2000, with a free version available. There are several excellent online meta-search engines, here are the ones I recommend:
2. Be as specific as
possible using an exact, detailed and explicit name or topic as
keyword for your search. The more specific you can get with
your keywords, the better your results will be. Order the
keywords in your search by importance, leaving the less relevant ones
at the end. You can see this work when performing a search
using the title of a book, guide or manual. In the case
of using the title of a book, give the title first, then perhaps the
word 'book', 'tutorial', or 'download' after the title. Here are
some pre-defined searches to get you started. Here are some
example searches(97kb) for all seven meta-search engines above.
3. When reviewing search results look at more than just the top 10. Sometimes you won't find the best sites, or what you're seeking, until you dig deeper into the results. Many times these are educational or non-profit sites. Budget your time and develop patience when looking through your search results. On the other hand, do not spend too much time on results that are not beneficial. If you do not see anything within the top 100-150 results, you should try again using different or modified keywords.
4. When browsing a website with interesting material, be sure to visit all of the relevant pages or directories of the site. Move up directories and go to the home page to find more information that you may want to view. Also, be patient, some pages may take a few moments to download and open in your browser.
5. If you are looking only for specific top level domains, then use that domain name in your search keywords, such as edu, org, biz, ac.uk, ru, cn, etc.
If you are having
problems searching, I will try to help, just give me the details in an
Web Master of Intelinfo.com