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    Search Engines Work! Only If, ...

    Yes they do work for you. They do return "almost" relevant links, but only if you know "EXACTLY" what you are searching for.

    But what to do if you are searching for something and you are NOT quite sure what is the exact term used for it?
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    Is it a general question or do you want to know exact term for something?
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    Re: Search Engines Work! Only If, ...

    Originally posted by Umair.ms
    But what to do if you are searching for something and you are NOT quite sure what is the exact term used for it?
    - Describe it
    - Search in another language
    - Use a translator to translate it from another language
    - Think harder

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    - Use acronym finder
    - Use a search directory
    - Ask it to a real life person first
    - Use words which cover the whole area the search term is in

    You may also want to take a look at these search tips:
    http://www.zdnet.com/filters/searchtips/
    http://www.google.com/help/basics.html
    http://www.google.com/help

    For all I know, most search engines have search tips.

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    Originally posted by Indian
    Is it a general question or do you want to know exact term for something?
    Both

    Well I was looking for the following two things:

    1. Circle has the formula x^2 + y^2 = r^2. I want a similar formula for an ellipse. This is to find whether a given co-ordinate on the screen exist within OR on the circle already drawn on the screen.

    - I do not know what you call this forumla? I found formula for ellipse (a lot of them), but none of them was close to the one I was looking for.

    2. There is a technique called picking/tracking. To detect if a user has clicked an shape or an object on the screen, select that object, provide a rectangle around it. This rectangle can then be used to move/resize this object (just like in vector drawing programs). I was looking for some sample code for it.

    - I found a Visual-C++ (MFC)-specific solution, but I am looking for a general technique. I do not know what you call it.

    So --- search engines have been helpful for me ONLY if I knew what I was looking for.
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    Aaaargh!! I thought it was a general question! All this typing for nothing!

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    I said it's general. And if you can answer my specific question, I'll appreciate it.
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    Originally posted by Umair.ms
    I found formula for ellipse (a lot of them), but none of them was close to the one I was looking for.
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    I found a Visual-C++ (MFC)-specific solution, but I am looking for a general technique. I do not know what you call it.
    Stop me if I'm wrong:
    You're searching for certain things. You have already tried searching through search engines, but that didn't work because you don't know the names of the things you are searching for. You have encountered some things while searching desciptively, but that wasn't what you wanted. So it wouldn't answer your question at all, if I, who doesn't know these words either, provided you with some results (which surely look interesting) I got when I started searching by description.

    While the first question is rather specific AND has nothing to do with web design it might be helpful if you would search for the answer more actively, because the people who roam (or surf) through Sitepoint looking to answer questions are only skilled in some way of web dev, I think.
    Can I suggest Google Answers then? If you are willing to pay a small amount of money ($10 or so) this can be very helpful. The people who are answering questions here are really, really skilled in using search engines. And just because they get paid, some move heaven and earth to get you an answer before the others, so it is fast too! It worked for me twice. (I just suggest, this is not an ad, I don't work for Google Answers )

    The second question has more of a chance if you repost it at a more appropiate forum @ sitepoint.

    Sorry to give you a general answer to a specific question again, but I think that is the best way I can help you.

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    I was searching for information on a type of beetle the other day but I didn't know any specifics other than what it looked like.

    So I used Google's image search, searched for "Beetle" and scrolled until I found a matching picture. I then visited the site to find out the beetle's scientific name.
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