Search Engine habits?

Subject: Search Engine habits?
From: Geoff Hart <ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca>
To: TECHWR-L Writing <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>, Kevin McLauchlan <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 06 Feb 2009 10:35:23 -0500

Kevin McLauchlan: <<Does anybody on the list ROUTINELY search with
Google, Yahoo or any of the other major engines and then actually look
past the second page of results?>>

Depends entirely on whether I find what I'm looking for (from a
credible source) on the first page. I _frequently_ add a minus sign
before a keyword found in useless hits on the first page to repeat the
search with that keyword excluded (i.e., with more precision), which
in my books counts for looking beyond the first page. I work as a
substantive editor in the sciences, so I spend an enormous amount of
time mining Google.

<<Does anybody on the list RARELY(*)-but-sometimes search with Google,
Yahoo or any of the other major engines and then actually look past
the second page of results?>>

Again, it depends entirely on the obscurity of the details I'm seeking
and how skillful I've been at choosing search keywords. Some days, it
takes several tries and a great many clicks on "next search results"
before I find what I'm seeking.

Geoff Hart (
ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca / geoffhart -at- mac -dot- com
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