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Most search engines have some built-in tools to help you reﬁne or expand your search. Taking the time to usethem can improve your results.
A common tool among search engines is the “related”option. Somewhere along your results, you’ll ﬁnd a boxor tab that suggests other search terms you might use, if you’re not happy with the results you’re getting. In Yahoo!, you’ll ﬁnd this byclicking the small tab under the search box. In addition, you’ll ﬁnd a set of “also try” links at the bottom of the page. Often, just changing the form of awork can also improve results: “feminist” or “feminism,” for example.In Bing you’ll ﬁnd therelated search options in abox on the left side of thepage, or at the bottom of the page. Bing is also working on a visualsearch option, which is promising, thoughrather limited at the moment.For example, with a search of the periodictables, it gives you a graphical view of theelements, which you can click on for moredetailed information.Google provides several tools you can use to enhance your search. First, from your search results page, click the“Show Options” link. A sidebar will show up on the left,with several, well, options. We’re going to focus on acouple of these.1)
: This turns your search into a web of related terms. Click one of the branches, and a new web appears, with even more terms. This isa great way to see the relationships between ideas, by the way. Search resultswill appear on the right.2)
: This view allows you to focus on a speciﬁc date and ﬁnd pagesrelevant to that. Click on the “Search other dates” tab and you can narrow your results to a speciﬁc range of dates.CC licensed by Jeri Hurd