Different Search Engines to Try:
Video Searches:

  • Picture Search Tool: (Most search engines have an “images” link do your searching. The best part is that you can often limit the search to picture sizes you need. That way you don’t get any that are too small.)
  • http://istockphoto.com/index.php (Royalty free pictures site)

  • Podcast Search Tool: Use iTunes and click iTunes Store. Then click podcasts (upper left corner). Then you can use the power search feature to find podcasts by subject.
  • Literature Podcasts: www.podcastdirectory.com/format/Literature
  • http://www.podscope.com
  • http://www.podzinger.com



Try using a European search enging like: http://www.euroseek.net/

Internet Syntax: Effective Searching Using Alta Vista
  • Host:countrycode ( http://www.netlingo.com/country.cfm )
  • Host:k12.statecode.us
  • Link: then paste in the address we want to validate and then click find (pages that have a link coming into this web site (we could see who has links to us)
  • Host: edu (higher education) (in altavista)
  • COMMON EXTENSIONS: (to use in a search use host:.edu)
  • .edu Educational organization (most US universities)
  • .k12 US school site (not all US schools use this)
  • .ac Academic institution (outside of US)
  • .sch School site (some schools outside of the US use this)
  • .com Company (usually .co in the UK)
  • .org Any organization
  • .gov Government agency
  • .net Network
  • .mil Military institution
  • New extensions to look for are .biz, .name, .pro, .info. All are used for commercial purposes.
  • Host:k12.statecode.us (in altavista)
  • URL:k12 (wild card in the address) whatever is behind the URL:
  • use archive.org when addresses are gone by pasting it in… and then find the site that is supposedly gone… (search for wayback machine)
  • site:limit to an extension in google

Effective Google Searching:
  • link: www.yoursite.com - this command will show you all of the backlinks to your sie. Handy tool for finding out who is linking to you.
  • related:www.yoursite.com - This command will show ou all of the backlinks to your site. Handy tool for findout who is linking to you.
  • site:www.yoursite.com - Searches only those pages from the site you list.
  • allinurl: If you start a query with [allinurl:], Google will restrict the results to those with all of the query words in the url. For instance, [allinurl: google search] will return only documents that have both "google" and "search" in the url
  • define: The query [define] will provide you a definition of the words you enter after it, gathered from various online sources. The definition will be for the entire phrase entered (i.e. it will include all the words in the exact order you typed them).
  • inurl: If you include [inurl:] in our query, Google will restrict the results to documents containing the word in the url. For instance, [inurl:google search] will return documents that mention the word "google" in their url, and mention the word "search" anywhere in the document (url or no). Note there can be no space between the "inurl:" and the following word.
  • allintitle: If you start a query with [allintitle:], Google will restrict the results to those with all of the query words in the title. For instance, [allintitle:google search] will return only documets that have both "google" and "search" in the title.
  • intitle: If you include [intitle:] in your query, Google will restrict the results to documents containing that word in the title. For instance, [intitle:google search] will return documents that mention the word "google" in their title, and mention the word "search" anywhere in the document (title or no). Note there can be no space between "intitle;" and the following word.
  • cache: If you include other words in the query, Google will highlight those words within the cached document. For instance, [cache:www.subnixus.com web] will show the cached content with the word "web" highlighted.
  • info: The query [info:] will present some informaiton that Google has about that web page. For instance, [info:www.google.com] will show information about the google homepage. Note there is no space between the "info:" and the web page url.
  • spell: Does a spell check for any given word.
  • stocks: If you begin a query with the [stocks:] operator, Google will treat the rest of the query terms as a stock ticker symbols, and will link to a page showing stock information for those symbols. For instance, [stocks:intc yhoo] will show information about Intell and Yahoo. (Note you must type the ticker symbols, not the company name.)
  • filetype: Does a search for a specific file type, or, if you put in a minus sign (-) in front of it, it won't list any results with that file type.
  • datarange: Is supported in Julian date format only. 2452384 is an example of a Julian date.
  • maps: is a shortcut to do a google maps search.
  • phone: Searches for anything that looks like a phone number
  • allinlinks: Searches within links, not text or title.
  • allintext: searches only within text of pages, but not in the links or pages title.
  • View:timeline Use these to see a timeline or a map on a certain topic
  • View:map Use these to see a timeline or a map on a certain topic