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Q: Compare/contrast results of searching different DBs with the same query ( Answered,   0 Comments )
Subject: Compare/contrast results of searching different DBs with the same query
Category: Reference, Education and News
Asked by: doctordoctorb-ga
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Posted: 23 Jul 2006 05:53 PDT
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Question ID: 748715
How would I search for the name M.T. Keating on Google?  On A9?  On Dogpile?
When I search for this author in PubMed at the proper
query syntax is:
keating mt
What is the comparable query syntax at google, A9 and Dogpile?
Subject: Re: Compare/contrast results of searching different DBs with the same query
Answered By: pafalafa-ga on 23 Jul 2006 16:24 PDT

Interesting question....every search engine has its own personality
and idiosyncracies.

Starting with Google, a simple search on [ mt keating ] turns up
834,000 results, and the first hundred or so are very nicely focused
on the publications of Dr. Keating:


Google also allows the use of both quote marks, to specify an exact
phrase, and an OR command (in caps) to search on either one term OR
another.  Putting these together, a search on:

 [ "mt keating" OR "keating mt" ]

gives about 62,000 results...far fewer than our first search, but much
more targeted:


I would recommend this as probably your best approach for searching
for a specific name on Google.


You didn't ask about Google Scholar, but I would also recommend the
exact same search here:

A search on [ "mt keating" OR "keating mt" ] pulls up about 3,500
results, many from academic sources that don't appear on an ordinary
Google search:

========== is a pretty interesting site, and a cool search tool:

They offer more than 300 searching possibilities -- searching the web,
books, blogs, etc, etc -- so you need to select the ones that best
suit you.

I chose a search on both Books and the Web.  A9 doesn't handle "OR" as
nimbly as Google, so your best bet here is to conduct two separate
searches, one on "mt keating" and a second on "keating mt" (the second
search produces the best results, I think).


Though I've never been terribly impressed by Dogpile, there's
certainly no harm in searching there as well, and again, the best
strategy seems to be two separate searches, as was the case at

About 50 results for [ "keating mt" ]

About 20 results for [ "mt keating" ]


I trust that's the information you need, but if there's anything else
I can do for you, just let me know by posting a Request for
Clarification, and I'm at your service.



P.S.  I almost forgot.  Microsoft (believe it or not) also has a
pretty good scholar-type search at:

Search with quotes and OR, as [ "mt keating" OR "keating mt" ] and
you'll get some good results here as well.
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