Searching words and phrases:
Google is currently the
simplest, fastest engine.
Profusion, searches multiple search engines.
Check the web occasionally for new and better ones.
Searching Images(including images of documents &
Archives is probably the biggest and best.
The Library of
Congress’ American Memory is a vast, selected source.
Photos will also take you to all the branches.
Typical Search sequence:
Use Google or Intelliseek
– enter a word or phrase
2. Browse results – RIGHT click on a selection
3. Click on "Open in New Window"
4. Within new page: press the CTRL-F combo
5. Enter a word to search it within the page
6. On the taskbar, click on Google to search another site in
A few military "anchor" sites:
US Center of Military
History Institute Digital Library
Sources for Military History
Last but not least: The New York
Military Affairs Symposium
Important Search Features
Combine terms or concepts with AND, OR, NOT
Use + and - to include/exclude
Search word stems or multiple word forms
politic* retrieves politic, politics, politician, political, etc.
Specify that words appear next to each other. Typically double
quotes around the phrase is used:
EX: "mad cow disease"
Use NEAR between terms or concepts or put them in square brackets
to make sure that words occur within a specified distance of each
other. The distance varies by search engine.
N.B. The Internet Search Engine Features Chart goes over
each search engine's search commands and gives examples
A few more things about search engines
· each one is different.
· use different robots or spiders to index
· may index more web pages than others
· can employ many more search features
· no search engine indexes all of the web
· depth of indexing varies (first 50 words
or full text?)
· type of information indexed (web pages,
usenet newsgroups, images, software)
From the New Mexico State University Library’s Using the
Internet for Academic Research & Teaching
Favorite Key Combinations
Ctrl+N opens extra browser screens
(The Window key)˙
+ D or M puts all open applications on the
taskbar and returns you to the desktop.
Ctrl-F searches within a page
Ctrl+A, Ctrl+C Ctrl+V are the base operations that select all,
copy and paste in a new place.