Seven Steps Toward Better Searching Worksheet

This worksheet is designed to accompany Seven Steps Towards Better Searching. Print it out (reduced to 90%), record your answers, and think about why the numbers came out that way.

Query
# Matches
Reasons
+Atlantis ~250,000 The final search shows only what? and excludes what?
+Atlantis -shuttle  
+Atlantis -shuttle +continent  
+Atlantis -shuttle +continent -film -movie  
mushrooms   The second one has more hits because...
mushroom*  
surf*   The second one has fewer hits because...
surf* -surface*  
San Diego   These are the same because...
"San Diego"  
merits of laziness   These are different because...
"merits of laziness"  
Octopus    
octopus    
WebQuest   The search that finds the most sites is... because?
+webquest  
+webquest*  
link:http://www.clpgh.org/cmnh/tours/egypt/walton.html    
link:edweb.sdsu.edu/webquest/webquest.html    
frog*   The sites found in the second search are...
title:frog*  
webquest   The sites found in the second search are...
title:webquest  

This page by Bernie Dodge. Last updated March 8, 2001.