We all know how the story goes when searching the web using tools like Google and Yahoo. Type in your keywords, hit the search button, and then prepare to sift through hundreds of thousand of results. Google and Yahoo do a fairly good job of relevancy ranking, but wouldn’t it be nice if you could throw out all the garbage before you examine your results. You can achieve this by utilizing the advanced search features of the search engine.
For example, Google allows you to limit your search to a specific domain or range of domains. When conducting academic research, why not limit your search to education websites (.edu). Need to find government reports on poverty? Limit your search to government websites (.gov). Using the advanced search is an great way to narrow your results down to a target universe of relevant websites. With the Web growing exponentially, it makes sense to search only the portions that are meaningful to you.