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search with Thesa
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getting started with Thesa
help with search
how to search with keywords
how to use Thesa
KMS questions for testing directed search
why does directed search succeed for Thesa

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Summary

Use a directed search to find everything relevant to a question or topic. First, find something relevant to your query. Second, explore its related pages.

Thesa maybe-relevant search

1) Collect titles that may be relevant

a) Add to work list ;;Thesa: keep

b) Change Run > Events... > recent dayTime (last line) to Now

c) Search for one or more entries that may be relevant

d) Copy them to the clipboard using append mode ('APP')

e) Apply 'Search > Search all use' to ;;Thesa: clipboard

f) Append titles that may be relevant

g) Paste these titles under 'maybe relevant' ;;Thesa: keep

2) The ThidId markers indicate your progress

a) solid bullet -- not seen

b) dash -- seen recently (on the recent list)

c) left-hand bar -- on the clipboard

d) middle bar -- in 'keep' as relevant or maybe relevant

e) right-hand bar -- in 'keep' as not relevant

3) Review all maybe relevant titles

4) Is it not relevant?

a) indent under 'not relevant'

b) add related titles that may be relevant

4) Is it relevant?

a) move it to the 'relevant' section

b) add related titles that may be relevant

c) add other papers by the same author may be relevant

d) search for phrases or names that may be relevant

With thesa.com:

  1. Create two bookmark folders -- one for relevant pages, the other for possibly-relevant pages.

  2. Type a word or list of words in the find box and press the enter key.

  3. Google will return a list of topics with those words, and a list of topics, quotations, and sources that contain those words.

  4. Search the lists for pages that may be relevant.

  5. Add each possibly-relevant page to your possibly-relevant bookmarks.

  6. Visit the first page in the bookmarks. It contains links to related topics and quotations.

  7. Add possibly-relevant pages to your bookmark list.

  8. Is the page relevant? If so, add it to your relevant bookmarks.

  9. Visit the second page in your bookmark list, and continue adding possibly-relevant links

  10. Repeat this process until all relevant topics and quotations are located.

Quotes: up

Quote: orienteering is search for information by small steps; local exploration to find the target after a large step into the vicinity; decreased cognitive load, sense of location, understand the search result [teevJ4_2004]

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Topic: information retrieval by following links
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Thesa: keep
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ThesaHelp: getting started with Thesa
ThesaHelp: help with search
ThesaHelp: how to search with keywords
ThesaHelp: how to use Thesa
ThesaHelp: KMS questions for testing directed search
ThesaHelp: why does directed search succeed for Thesa

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