The purpose of this lab is to study some techniques used in narrowing the
number of keyword "hits" one receives from a search engine. We will look
at some fairly mechanical techniques.
You will start out by simply trying a number of search techniques and recording the number of hits received from each search.
You will then look at the online help pages to figure out why each search performed the way it did.
Suppose you are interested in finding out about personal privacy issues. Using Alta Vista (www.altavista.com) perform the following searches and record the number of hits from each search.
Look at the AltaVista help pages now and write down a brief explanation for each of the previous searches and why they returned the varying number of hits.