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EricR's Guide to Searching WWM


Navigate the site by section

Similar content can be found in the same section of the website. Every page has a grouped set of links you can follow to find what you are looking for.

Search the site

Use the site search to find any web page or article that matches your search phrase.

How to start a search

You can find the Google Search box at the bottom of the Home Page. To start your search, locate the Search box, select the www.WetWebMedia.com radio button, and type your search word or phrase. Then select Search.

Check the spelling

Always try and spell the search phrase correctly.

Use more words

Using multiple words in your search will help to find more refined results.  In any case, you'll receive all relevant results.

Use quotation marks

If you only want to see results that match an exact phrase, put your phrase inside quote marks (e.g. -- 'Yellow Tang').


The Essentials of Google Search

Doing a search on Google is easy. Simply type one or more search terms (the words or phrase that best describe the information you want to find) into the search box and hit the 'Enter' key or click on the Google Search button.

In response, Google produces a results page: a list of web pages related to your search terms, with the most relevant page appearing first, then the next, and so on.

Here are some basic tips to help you maximize the effectiveness of your search:



Choosing search terms

Choosing the right search terms is the key to finding the information you need.

Start with the obvious -- if you're looking for general information on lighting, try lighting.

But it's often advisable to use multiple search terms; if you're planning a new reef tank, you'll do better with reef lighting than with either reef or lighting by themselves.  And metal halide (or fluorescent, if you wish) reef lighting may produce even better results.

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You might also ask yourself if your search terms are sufficiently specific.  It's better to search on Indo Pacific reef fishes than on tropical reef fishes, for instance.  But choose your search terms carefully; Google looks for ALL the search terms you chose/entered, so suitable marine aquarium eels  will probably deliver better results than saltwater eels good for keeping in an aquarium.





Google searches are NOT case sensitive. All letters, regardless of how you type them, will be understood as lower case.  For example, searches for harlequin shrimp, Harlequin Shrimp, and hArLeQuIn sHrImP  will all return the same results.




Automatic "and" queries

By default, Google only returns pages that include all of your search terms.  There is no need to include "and" between terms.  Keep in mind that the 'order in which the terms are typed' will affect the search results.


Exclusion of common words

Google ignores common words and characters such as "where" and "how", as well as certain single digits and single letters, because they tend to slow down your search without improving the results.  Google will indicate if a common word has been excluded by displaying details on the results page below the search box.

If a common word is essential to getting the results you want, you can include it by putting a "+" sign in front of it. (Be sure to include a space before the "+" sign.)

Another method for doing this is conducting a phrase search, which simply means putting quotation marks around two or more words. Common words in a phrase search (e.g., "where are you") are included in the search.

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Word variations

Google now uses stemming technology.  Thus, when appropriate, it will search not only for your search terms, but also for words that are similar to some or all of those terms.  If you search for bamboo shark dietary needs, Google will also search for bamboo shark diet needs, and other related variations of your terms.  Any variants of your terms that were searched for will be highlighted in the snippet of text accompanying each result.



Phrase searches

Sometimes you'll only want results that include an exact phrase. In this case, simply put quotation marks around your search terms.

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For example, a search to for yellow tail blue tang as shown here yields about 950 results on WWM. 

Whereas a search for 'yellow tail blue tang' as shown here yields about 96 'relevant' results on WWM.Top of Form

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Negative terms

If your search term has more than one meaning (bass, for example, could refer to fishing or music) you can focus your search by putting a minus sign ("-") in front of words related to the meaning you want to avoid.

For example, here's how you'd find pages about bass-heavy lakes, but not bass-heavy music:

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Note: when you include a negative term in your search, be sure to include a space before the minus sign.


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