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Find information - Boolean Searches
Use the resources at A Primer in Boolean Logic to assist you in answering the questions. Make your own answer sheet| Text doc.

1. What is a Boolean search? (You may choose to answer this question AFTER you complete this activity) Do not just paste the text from a web page. Write your own answer.



2. Why is a boolean search useful for finding information on the Internet?



3. What are the operators for a Boolean Search?



question mark Harness OR.

OR logic is used to search for....


OR will get results that ...


Using OR will increase or decrease your results? (Strike through the incorrect word.)

You need information about famous scientists in your state.

Write an OR search that would help you begin your search.


Try it. Open a search engine in a new web browser window.
How many results (Hits) are found?


What percentage of the first ten hits returned on your search are on your subject?


question mark Harness AND.

AND logic is used to search for....


AND will get results with ...


Using AND will increase or decrease your results? (Strike through the incorrect word.)

You are planning a date. You want information about the schedule of shows at the nearest theatre to your town.

Write an AND search that would help you begin your search.


Try it. Open a search engine in a new web browser window.
How many results (Hits) are returned?


Did you find the desired schedule in the first 20 hits?

Is the information current?


question mark Using NOT.

NOT logic is used to search for....


NOT will get results with ...


Using NOT will increase or decrease your results? (Strike through the incorrect word.)

You read in the local newspaper's online edition that that there is a proposed 10 pm curfew for teens. You want information about the elected local officials of your community and/or county.

Write a NOT search that would help you begin your search.


Try it. Open a search engine in a new web browser window.

Write the names of five currently serving, local elected officials.




question mark Practice:

1. You are doing research on pets. You have decided to learn more about your family's boxer named Fifi.

Open the ixquick search engine. Enter boxer .

How many hits were returned? (Round to the nearest hundred) __________________________________

What percentage of the first set of hits are related to pet boxer dogs?____________________

Narrow the search.

Write a narrow boolean search for pages about pet boxers.


Write a boolean search for pages on boxers from your state.


Write a boolean search for pages on boxers that does not include dog artwork or decorations.



2. Search for your school's district's web site.

Did you get the district's home page as the first hit? _____________

Write a boolean search that would improve your results.


3. Martha's mom tells her that she has a made a web site about the Cratchit family tree. Her father Robert, along with her brothers, Peter and Timothy are included. She told her Belinda's page had a ribbon background. There are even pages about their grandparents.

Write a boolean search that Martha should use to find their family tree web site.


Another way to narrow your search is Adjacency. What is Adjacency?


Write a search for your school's homepage that uses adjacency.


Did it yield a satisfactory result?

Extra: Hone your logic search skills using this online exercise (requires flash)

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