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Systematic Analytic Methods and Innovations offers a very complete site which you can search. However, examining a variety value (engineering, analysis, management, method) study reports and additional viewpoints are always beneficial. Such open approaches are a key part of the Value Method.

Each search engine offers unique techniques for examining the resources available on the world-wide-web. This variety generates many benefits for the user. It also generates some disadvantages. The variety also generates some disadvantages. One of these is the many different syntax's required in search approaches. We have collected entry points to selected search engines and prelisted some ways to use them in a search approach. Please add your own keywords and let our preselections do the hard work.

Search Assistance Advice

When searching for information, carefully select keywords. Think of what you are looking for and how someone would state it in a paper or other document. Once the keywords are selected, select a search engine and use its appropriate search format (syntax) for the keywords. Some hints:

  1. Check about using the base forms of words. If you want to look at management control processes you may wish to specify the search as:
    • manage*
    • control*
    • process*
      This search use will usually return all words with these bases e.g., manage, management, manages, manager, control, controller, controlled, controlling, process, processes, processing, etc..

  2. Use quotes to specify phrases. You may wish to use the plus(+) or minus(-) key option to ensure an item is present or exclude it respectively. (A + specifies a search item must be present to be returned, and a - is used to specify a search item that you wish to exclude from the results).

  3. Search engines have different syntax's. If you think a search result is not what you expected, try the next most common options of search syntax. For example, some search engines use the words; and in place of the plus(+), adj in place of quotes('), and not in place of a minus(-). For example a search for the phrase "value engineering" that does not include the word study (you don't want specific study results" would be either:
    • +"value engineering" -study

      or

    • value adj engineering and not study

  4. In some search engines there is an option to use the search results and add options to search the result by. This is a very valuable feature as it allows you to specify a general area of interest, look over the results, and add more specifics to narrow the results down. You can do this several times. (InfoSeek is one of these.) Thus, if you obtain too narrow a result, try out this feature. If you don't like the result, use the back page option on your browser, and try another limiting search approach. Just repeat until you have found the kind of result you are looking for.

  5. If you are looking for a page that was only listed recently, don't waste you time using an engine that takes over a month to list sites. While you might be fortunate enough to catch the listing coming on-line from an automatic link, but it is unlikely. Check a service with a no standard lag in listing time first.

  6. Try one of the metasearch engines. However, remember that they don't always adhere to the differing syntax requirements in the search patterns they pass to the engine. Thus, the result obtained may not be the same as you would obtain if you did it yourself.


Search Assistance Sites

Courtesy of Systematic Analytic Methods and Innovation, search the world wide web through these popular search and metasearch engine companies.

Try these out with our starting samples and add you own options, or erase the text and do it your own way.

AltaVista has one of the most comprehensive list of resources available. It completely indexes every page. This index takes time. Thus new pages take a while to be listed. Once listed, AltaVista searches the listed webpages regularly. Changes in key content or removal of a page may not be reflected in a current search for as much as a month. .

Search and show results

Go to AltaVista advanced search

The above search will return pages that have the "value engineering" or "value analysis" or "value management" phrase in them.

Since AltaVista completely lists each page, this feature can be productively used to examine the available listings of many value engineering studies and examples.

Search and show results

Go to AltaVista advanced search

This search will return pages that have both the phrase "value engineering" and the words study or case in them. A commonly used phrase is "value engineering study" and "value study". If you are listing a value study on the web, we advise you should include one or both these phrases in both you meta and first 300 or so words.

You should add to the above phrase a descriptive feature you are looking for in a value study. For example adding the item +transformer would specify that you want value studies that include the word transformer.


Excite has a very powerful feature. If you find a page that is a lot like what you are looking for, you can click on the more like this feature. It then will use the keywords for that page to find similar pages. You don't even need to know what the keywords were. Unfortunately, Excite takes a very long time to register new pages and update them should they be changed.



Go to Search Tips or Options

The above search will return pages that have the "value engineering" or "value analysis" or "value management" or "value method" phrase in them.

Excite lists most of each page too. Thus, this feature can be productively used to examine the available listings of many value engineering studies and examples.



Go to Search Tips or Options

This search will return pages that have both the word study and phrase "value engineering" in them. A commonly used phrase is "value engineering study" and "value study". If you are listing a value study on the web, we advise you should include one or both these phrases in both you meta and first 300 or so words.

You should add to the above phrase a descriptive feature you are looking for in a value study. For example adding the item +transformer would specify that you want value studies that include the word transformer.


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This search engine uses other search engines to create its database. Also, people purchase search words to become listed at the top of the page. Pages are only listed on the site through these two methods (other search engines popularity or payment). They claim that this approach, along with their superior database query system. produces more valid results to queries.

InfoSeek is an up and coming listing of web resources. It has a highly comprehensive search engine. However, since it appears to mainly use the "meta" tag or the first 300-words, its accuracy is highly depending on how the webpage is laid out. In addition to its capacity to search the web, it has maps and both white and yellow pages. When web pages are changed, their listing can be updated (or deleted) within minutes by the site webmaster using one of their page registration forms . This feature makes InfoSeek on of the most up-to-date listing on the web.

Type a specific question, "phrase in quotes" or Capitalized Name.

  Tips

The above search syntax and words will gather information on sites that have the words "value" and "analysis" or "engineering"as one of the word combinations within the document meta strings or first 300-words. The documents listed first are the ones that use each these phrases most often. Use the InfoSeek search within feature at the bottom of the search page to search only within the results obtained.


When looking for a business or its website, the on-line version of the Yellow pages may be the best option.A variety of excellent services are present for this purpose. Links to some of the best are available to the right..

USA Online Business Directory

InfoSpace Directories


A word about Yahoo. You may not that it is not on our list. Yahoo does an excellent job of searching pages for categories. It is designed for people that like to use a menu approach. However, it takes a long time to get a site registered on Yahoo and it usually needs to be general interest. Thus, its value is relatively limited. Thus, for many search that do not relate to entertainment, Yahoo generates a result that is of limited use. We suggest the above search engines

Highway61 is a metasearch engine that will submit your search to Yahoo, AltaVista, Lycos, Infoseek Ultra, Hotbot, Excite, etc., and then list the results on a single page. For better results, refine your search using the and/or option. Be patient for its return, more than one search is going on.

Search for:

              Search as boolean:   Or   And

Your patience level:

      How many hits?  
Lots!   Bury me!     |     Even Yahoo Categories!


Superseek is a metasearch engine that will submit your search to 10 search engines grouped into 3 categories. Only one category can be search at any one time. Again, be patient for its return, more than one search is going on.

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