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bare bones lesson 11: ASK.com

 

 


ASK :   A Closer Look


DESCRIPTION:

Ask debuted in 2001 and was purchased by Ask Jeeves later that year. Although it supports only limited Boolean searching, it has recently added an advanced search page with improved searching features.  Ask also offers a new approach to displaying search results by putting them into what it calls Web communities: Results (relevant web pages), Refine (suggestions to narrow your search), and Resources (links to collections of experts and enthusiasts).

SEARCHES IN:
Own database for Web searches

DEFAULTS TO:
AND

SEARCH OPTIONS:

Main Search Page

  • Supports (+) and (-) signs
  • Supports double quotes (" ")

Advanced Search Page

  • Supports Boolean-type searches using drop-down menus for "all the words," "exact phrase," "Must have," "Must not have," and "Should have."
  • Supports limited Boolean queries using operators "AND" and "OR" or  "ORR." (Operator must be in all upper case.)
  • Allows searching "Anywhere on page," "In page title," and "In URL."
  • Provides language search options with matching character sets 
  • Allows domain or site searches 
  • Supports geographic regional searches
  • Allows searches by date page modified anytime within past two years

OTHER SEARCH OPTIONS AND FEATURES:

  • Does not support truncation at this time
  • No case sensitivity; search terms entered in lowercase, uppercase, or mixed case all get the same number of hits
  • Shows "Sponsored" links before listing search results
  • Maintains a stop word list; will not search for stop words unless typed as part of a phrase within quotation marks or preceded by the (+) plus sign

ASSIGNMENT:

To see how Ask's search results are displayed three ways, go to the Main Search Page, and search for:  sopranos


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[Table of Contents] [Search Engines] [Metasearchers] [Subject Directories] [Gateways & Databases] [Evaluating Web Pages] [Search Strategies] [Search Tips] [Boolean Operators] [Field Searching] [Troubleshooting] [Ask] [Clusty] [Dogpile] [GigaBlast] [Google] [MSN Search] [Yahoo!] [Graveyard] [Final Exam] [Beyond Bones] [User Agreement]

Last updated by E. Chamberlain,Thursday October 09, 2014