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Q: Keyword search and How to document results ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Keyword search and How to document results
Category: Reference, Education and News
Asked by: lapse-ga
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Posted: 16 Mar 2003 18:33 PST
Expires: 15 Apr 2003 19:33 PDT
Question ID: 177122
I need to complete the task below. What is the most efficient way to
complete and document the results?  I'd like to have the entire
results in a word doc so that I can easily show the order they
appeared.  I have a total of 35 searches like this to complete and at
the default of 10 results a page it takes awhile.

Please perform and document Internet searches of the following terms.
For each search, determine where, i.e., in what order, the following
two web sites appear.

	(1)	C22
	(2)	Catalina
	(3)	Catalina AND parts

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 16 Mar 2003 18:48 PST
Hello lapse-ga,

Searches like these are do-able...up to a point.

For instance, when I search Google for 'Catalina', shows up as #3, and catalinadirect shows up as
#37 (by my reckoning...there are different ways to count results). 
I'd be glad to instruct you as to how to conduct such a search, if
that would be a satisfactory answer.

However, when I searched on 'C22', neither site showed up in the first
300 results.  Do you really need to know if the sites in question are
ranked #5,321, or is it simply enough to know they're not in the top
100?  The top 100 screen is easily done; but searching through
thousands of hits is just too mind-numbing a task to undertake.

Let us know what types of results would suit you best.

Clarification of Question by lapse-ga on 16 Mar 2003 19:09 PST
If you could instruct me on how to do the top 100 that would be great.
Having to scan through at ten listings at a time takes forever. What
about exporting the results to Word. Should I do a simple cut and
Subject: Re: Keyword search and How to document results
Answered By: pafalafa-ga on 16 Mar 2003 19:55 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello again lapse-ga, and thanks for your question and for clarifying
what you need.

It looks like it's time to instruct you in the fine art of Google's
Advanced Search capabilities (by the way, I'm assuming you're using
Google to search, but most other search engines will have similar
capabilites to what I describe here):

1.  Go to

2.  To the right of the box where you type your search is some
clickable text that says "Advanced Search".  Click it:

3.  On the top of the Advanced Search page, right hand side, is a drop
down menu that says "10 results".  Click on the arrow and choose "100

Voila!  You will now see 100 answers per page, instead of the
(annoying) ten you used to get.

As you can see, there are many other options on the Advance Search
page.  I'll ignore them for now, but if any look like they would be
helpful to you, let me know with a Request for Clarification, and I'll
be happy to offer some additional explanation.  Now, on with your

4.  Enter your search term (e.g. Catalina) in the box that says: 
"with all of the words" and click "Google Search".  This will bring up
the results page with 100 results.

5.  Now, you need to find what you want on the page.  Use your
system's "Find" function (in Windows, it's Ctrl-F) to open a search
box.  Enter the phrase of interest to you (e.g. Catalinadirect) and
search for it.  This will take you directly to the first hit for your
term.  Or, if the term isn't anywhere on the page, it will tell you

6.  To find out what number result your term is, you need to manually
count down the page, since Google doesn't number the results.

7.  To save the text to a Word file, you have several options:

Use your "Select All" command to highlight the entire set of results. 
In Windows, this command is CTRL-A, but it might be different in your
system.  Then just copy the text, and paste it into an open, blank
Word document.  Alternatively, you can just block out the entire set
of 100 results, and cut and paste the text into Word.

I *believe* Word will also accept an HTML document -- that is, a
document that will look like the Web page itself.  (I've rarely used
Word myself, so I'm not totally familiar with it).

If you want to give this a try, use your "Save as.." function to save
the page as a web file (in Internet Explorer, 'Save as' is an option
on the 'File' pull down menu).  Select 'Save as' then choose 'Web
page, HTML only' as your save option.  Take good note of where the
file is saved to.  Then open this up as a file in Word.

That should do it.  If you run into any problems, or are using
different systems than the ones I've alluded to here, just let me
know, and we'll find a way to step you through the process.

Two more things I want to mention. The first is that on the main
Google search page, there is also a "Preferences" button.  By
selecting this, you can change the 10-results-at-a-time option
permanently, keeping it always on 100 (which is useful, if you have
broadband), or on another number that suits your needs.

Secondly, I didn't conduct the specific searches you originally asked
for, as you clarification seemed to indicate you just needed the
instructions I provided above.  But if I misread you on this, again,
just let me know, and I can add more information as needed.


lapse-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
Quick, detailed, and right on. Thanks

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