Additional help in using Search:

Sites listed in The Internet Geographer directory are visited and evaluated for their usefulness. By using the search facility it is possible to search the directory to identify possible suitable web sites, just as it is possible to do this with any other search engine. Results returned will only be from those in The Internet Geographer's listings and have been judged to be of some value for the study of Geography.

To carry out a simple search, type in key words related to your subject matter and then press 'Return' or 'Enter'on your keyboard, or click on the 'Find' button. Results will be returned where ANY of your key words is linked to a site. You may also use OR in your search phrase.

If you want to carry out a search that contains ALL of your key words, use AND between your key words. Any sites associated with only some (but not all) of your keywords will not be returned.

You may also use NOT before a key word in the search box. This will return all sites which do NOT have this term in the listing.

To limit your search to sites which are more suitable for certain Key Stages, click the appropriate button. Key Stage 3 is ages 11-14, Key Stage 4 is ages 14-16 and Key Stage 5 is ages 16-18.

How a search is carried out:

The search engine checks for matching strings of text. It examines The Internet Geographer database of sites, URLs and descriptions to find matches and returns the appropriate listings.

It is more useful to enter parts of key words, rather than completed words. For example, entering 'earthquakes' will return fewer sites than entering 'earthquake'. This is because in the first case, only sites with 'earthquakes' listed will be returned. In the second case, sites with both 'earthquake' and 'earthquakes' will be returned as they both include the text string 'earthquake'. (Incidently, 'earthq' will also return all earthquake sites). Be careful of using very short parts of words as these will throw up a lot of unrelated sites as there is a bigger chance of very short parts being contained in longer words. The knack is therefore to try to include the core parts of key words.

In the above examples ' has been used to indicate the text typed in. Do not include this character.