How to Effectively
Search the Web with Lycos
is a powerful search engine; it is a regularly updated database of Web pages.
By learning to use the many search features available on Lycos, you can quickly
find almost any kind of information available on the Internet.
You can access
Lycos with most Internet browsers, and
the basic search interface is simple:
- Type in the
words that interest you in the box next to Search for.
- Now press the
Enter key or click the Go Get It button.
Lycos will present
you with all the Web pages that contain the words that you requested. We have
found that Lycos does a good job of presenting the most relevant matches to
a query on the first few pages, but you will probably get a huge list of Web
pages. There are many ways to both limit and expand your search. The general
search interface allows you to:
- Use the pulldown
menu, just below the Search for box, to select specific
kinds of information to search. This is useful if you have a good idea of
what you are looking for.
- Require that
a word is on the pages searched by preceding the word with a "+"
- Require that
a word is not on the pages searched by preceding the word with a "":
i.e., +eclipse lunar
- Require an
exact match of the phrase on the pages searched by putting the phrase in quotation
marks: i.e., "How to Effectively Search the Web with Lycos"
You can also search
the results of any other search.
- After an initial
search has been made, go to the bottom of the results page.
- Enter the words
you wish to look for in the first blue box, and click the Search these
is an easy way to target a specific piece of information. All the search functions
previously described work when searching the results of another query.
The Advanced Searching
interface on Lycos is also a useful tool; it can be accessed by clicking
the Advanced Searching button near the top of the page. This interface
allows you to:
- Select how
the words should appear in the pages searched, by using the pulldown
menu next to for: i.e., All the words (an AND
search) Any of the Words (an OR search)
- Select criteria
for the results of your query by clicking the Power Panel button.
The Power Panel
interface will open just below the Advanced Searching box.
- There are certain
categories which can be given a rating of Low, Medium or High.
These are set by clicking the circle in the row of the category and in the
column of the given rating you want to give that category.
include: frequency of the words on the page, words appearing in
text, words appearing in title, and words close together.
The information you give Lycos via the Power Panel determines which
pages will be near the top of the list given for a query. The Quick Reference
button at the bottom of the box will open another browser window. The window
will contain descriptions of commands that can be typed into the Search