Boolify Search Training Tool
Boolify Boolean Graphical Search Learning Tool
Boolify Video Tutorial
Boolify is a great tool to teach children (and adults too!) how to properly use a search engine. Finding content using search is a very important skill to learn. One often finds millions of search results after entering a keyword. In order to quickly find the needed content, you should refine the search. Command line searches use the concept of boolean operators to achieve this goal. In simple terms, this means learning to use AND, OR, NOT in a search to refine the results. By combining them together, one can narrow down a search to give exactly what is needed.
While those with experience may find the boolean concept intuitive, it is often a challenge for people that are beginning to learn how to use a search engine. The concept can seem very abstract and things get even more complicated if you try to use mathematics to explain it. One of the best ways of teaching and learning boolean search is with Boolify. Just drag a green square and drop it into the main window. After that, type a search term in the box that was placed and press the keyboard enter key. Results will instantly appear below. The search results are in SafeSearch STRICT mode, which means any inappropriate adult content will be automatically filtered in the results returned by Google. In addition, our own keyword filter overlay will block certain words for added safety.
After each operator block is added or removed, the actual Google
command line shortcut search is also shown right above the search results. This is a great way to learn
these powerful commands when a real search is done that does not have a boolify interface, such as on the
SafeSearch homepage, Google, Yahoo, etc. With practice using Boolify,
you will quickly become a search expert, including the use of advanced
operators, such as site or title searches. Site searches limit the
results to a specific website domain (e.g., *.edu for all education sites, or yahoo.com just to search Yahoo). Title matches (intitle) require the results
to be in the page title, which often, but not always gives a closer match. url matches (inurl) only show results where some part of the page link has the term in it. These more advanced concepts are best learned
by trying them out using the Boolify tool. Lastly, doing a Filetype search will only return matches of that type of content, such as (doc, xls, pdf, jpg, gif,...) Please contact us if you have any questions or comments.