Re: [Czechlist] TOPIC: Search strategies: MANY THANKS
- Thanks a lot, Melvyn
To find some terms on the Internet is definitely much better than to use the
mostly non-context ones in Millenium or other dictionaries. As I promised,
from the New Year on, I will use Google too, and consequently increase my NS
rates at my agency :-))) I would do itanyway but now I have a specific
reason for it, I can blame the high Telecom's fees for dial-up.
----- Original Message -----
From: "melvyn.geo" <zehrovak@...>
Sent: Monday, December 01, 2003 11:53 PM
Subject: [Czechlist] TOPIC: Search strategies: (was: "Predstrihavaci
> --- In Czechlist@yahoogroups.com, Petr Veselý <veselypetr@p...> wrote:
> > Due to Telecom's "generous" internet fees I do not standardly use Google
> > terminology searches. I know I should. I promise to make this my New
> > Eve resolution for 2004.
> >Anyway, do you use any special strategies for Google term searches or you
just write the words and the engine will do the rest?
> Here's a couple of Google-hunting tips to get you on your way, Petr:
> Use inverted commas "..." to keep words together, e.g. "Petr Vesely"
rather than Petr Vesely without the inverted commas.
> Use the * sign as a joker card for single words. Very handy for seeking
out collocations, e.g. "Byl * vecer, prvni maj" should give you the full
first line of the poem.
> Use the + sign to 'force' Google to seek the little words it would
otherwise leave out, e.g. +from +to
> When you are looking for definitions, add words like 'glossary',
'terminology', etc to your search term.
> Add characteristic context words to your search term, e.g. "byl pozdni
> If you are looking for a Czech equivalent of an English word, add site:.cz
to the word or go into the advanced search section and set the language to
Czech. Can't guarantee the quality of results but you will occasionally find
suggested equivalents, which you can then check out elsewhere.
> If you are looking for some manufactured product, find out which company
makes it and chase the word up in that company's pages by using
characteristic context words that you already know.
> Intuition plays a major role and you really do have to play around with
the search engines a good bit before you acquire the knack of correctly
guessing how some guy out there has used your vocabulary problem in a
revealing context. Get into the habit of trying many alternatives rapidly
in succession. Get into a 'word association' mental flow where one
alternative immediately suggests another...
> Others on this list have started off by saying they don't have the
time/money to go looking for things on the internet but after a little
patient effort they are now search-engine black-belts and at the end of the
day, when quality is taken into account, they probably find it makes a lot
of financial sense.
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