MODULE SIX: DIVING DEEP WITH YOLINK


Thus far, we've covered the reasons, the basics, the strategies, the practices, and the sharing necessary to succeed while surfing and searching the World Wide Web. There's a tool that helps in the finding process -- and then helps us keep found things found. That tool is Yolink. In this module, students will be able to:
  • use the Yolink tool to search an initial query
  • search large documents and deep web sites
  • keep found things found
  • share information with others

From yolink.com Help section

Searching the internet with yolink is easy. Simply open the yolink sidebar (click
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from your browser's toolbar or press Ctrl+Y (Shift+Command+Y for Mac users)), perform a search directly from your search engine of choice (either Google, Yahoo, Bing, AOL or Ask), and then click the
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button from the yolink sidebar. Note that you can also click the
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button (for Google, Bing, or Ask) or the
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button (for Yahoo or AOL) that displays to the right of your search engine's search box after performing the initial search.

This instantly lists and separates all results relevant to your keywords into tidy little informational passages. Groups of passages (passage A, B, C, and so on) relevant to a single web page are separated into boxes within the list. Within these passages, all of your keywords will be highlighted, with a different color used for each individual keyword. By default the yolink Sidebar is located on the left side of your browser, with the right side of your browser containing the search engine results. However, Firefox users can use the Sidebar Display option from the yolink drop-down menu (
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) to switch the Sidebar to the right side of your browser.


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TIP - Use any of these features to resize the width of the yolink Sidebar to a desired size:
  • Use the
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    and
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    icons to contract or expand the width of the yolink Sidebar to a desired size.
  • Drag the border between the browser and the yolink Sidebar to a desired size.
  • Click the
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    button to close the yolink Sidebar.

In addition to being able to search the initial search engine results, a powerful feature of yolink allows you to search individual web pages. Use this feature to find information buried within large documents such as online reference manuals, text books, specifications and contracts. For example, when searching for keywords in a very large web page or online document, there is no need to sift through the matching results one-by-one. yolink will display all of your matching keywords in context in a single handy list of results in the yolink Sidebar.
As an added benefit, you can choose to search both a web page or its embedded links. No longer will you need to manually open and examine individual links. For example, you are searching Craigslist for a second-hand mountain bike using "mountain bike" as your search term. Dozens of ads for mountains bikes are found. But you need to find one locally in "San Diego" and many sellers live too far away for you to drive. With yolink, you don't have to open and scan through each of those ads to find out where the seller is located. Simply enter San Diego in the yolink search box, select Links from the Scan options drop-down menu and click
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to find and display any text in any of the ads that contain the words San Diego.
You can also change or modify your search keywords at any time to find additional results of interest within the web page or links.
The available options for searching web pages are listed below. To use any one of these options, select the option from the Scan options drop-down menu.
Links
Selecting this option searches the links in the page currently open in the browser.
Text
Selecting this option searches the information in the page currently open in the browser.
Highlighted Links
Selecting this option searches the links in any manually highlighted selection of text and links in the page currently open in the browser. For example, drag your cursor to select and highlight any or all of the text and/or links on a web page. The example below illustrates selecting a group of links from the wikipedia page for Yellowstone National Park.

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Then select the Highlighted Links option and click
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. Only the highlighted links will be searched. In our example, we entered Old Faithful in the yolink search box. Notice how only the links that contain references to Old Faithful are returned.

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Current Result(s)
Selecting this option searches the information and links in the current results displayed in the yolink Sidebar for any additional keywords you enter in the yolink Search Box.

By default, yolink returns the results that are the Best Match for your keywords. However, several convenient and easy-to-use options are available for refining your search terms.

Search Options
Select any of the following search options from the Search Options drop-down menu.

Best keyword match
Returns results containing an optimal number of the keywords in your search.

Match all keywords
Returns results containing all of the keywords in your search.

Match exact phrase
Returns results containing the exact phrase used in your search (the same words in the same order).

Match any keyword
Returns results containing at least one or more of the keywords in your search.

To enhance your overall search experience, we have provided some great features that will allow you to quickly locate and view your results in context from their source web site.
  • Click any link in the browser to open the web page inside the browser.
  • Click the title of any set of results in the yolink Sidebar to open the web page inside the browser.
  • Click any result passage in the yolink Sidebar to open the web page containing that passage in the browser with the selected passage outlined.
  • If the web page has already been opened in the browser, hover your mouse over any result passage in the yolink Sidebar to jump to and outline the selected passage.

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You can save your yolink results for future use to Google Docstm (a Google Docs account is required). Additionally, you can share them via email or post them to a variety of popular blogs, research and social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, EasyBib and so on.
  • To save your results to Google Docs, simply click the Google Docs icon (
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    ) from the top of the set of results to open the Google Docs screen.
NOTE - The first time you attempt to save links you will be prompted to create a Google Docs account and then to grant yolink access to that account. Once this has been done, you will need to click the Google Docs icon (
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) again to open the Google Docs screen. Also note that if you subsequently select the Logout from Google Docs option from the yolink drop-down menu (
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), yolink's access to Google Docs is temporarily revoked (until the next time you explicitly grant access).
Links can be saved as new Google documents or appended to an existing Google document of your choice. They can be saved in either a Document or Spreadsheet format.

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  • To share your results via email or post them to a variety of popular blogs, research and social networking sites, click the Share icon (
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    ) from the top of the set of results to open the Share yolink screen. Click the appropriate icon to share your results.

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For Windows 2003, XP Users:
  1. From the Windows Start Menu, open the Control Panel.
  2. Click Add or Remove Programs.
  3. Select TigerLogic yolink-Internet Explorer from the list of currently installed programs, then click Remove.
For Windows Vista Users:
  1. From the Windows Start Menu, open the Control Panel.
  2. Click Programs and Features.
  3. Select TigerLogic yolink-Internet Explorer from the list of currently installed programs, then click Uninstall.

For All Firefox Installations:
  1. Open Firefox.
  2. Select Add-ons from the Tools menu.
  3. Select TigerLogic yolink from the list of Add-ons, then click Uninstall.
  4. Click Restart Firefox.
For Google Chrome Users:
  1. Open Google Chrome.
  2. Select Extensions from the Tools menu (Wrench Icon).
  3. Select TigerLogic yolink from the list of Extensions, then click Uninstall.

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