Your willingness to spend a few minutes designing your search strategy will increase your chances of surviving an Internet information avalanche.
Survivor Challenge #1: Determine what information you want to find.
Survivor Challenge #2: Highlight your keywords.
Survivor Challenge #3: List synonyms and alternate word forms for each keyword.
Survivor Challenge #4: Boolean operators and and or help you get precise results from an Internet search by letting you expand or narrow your search results. Here's a brief overview of the 2 Boolean operators and a chance to try each one in Alta Vista. You will notice that Alta Vista's Advanced Search screen makes it easy for you to devise efficient Boolean searches without actually entering the Boolean words: