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SEARCHING THE INTERNET

Finding Items On A Web Page


If you’re looking for a particular word or phrase on a very long Web page, you don’t have to scan the entire page with your eyes. Instead, you can use the browser’s ‘Find’ command. In Internet Explorer, Netscape Navigator or AOL, you can do so by hitting Ctrl+F. Enter the word or phrase, click on Find (or Find Next) and you will reach there instantly. Click on Find Next or Find again to get to the next occurrence of the text. Netscape Navigator has an additional feature. Once you use Find for the first time, you can close the Find box and hit the F3 key to find again. When you do it this way, the Find box doesn't block your view of the browser's window.
 

How Do I Search with Multiple Terms?


To find information on the Web, enter requirement in the `Search’ field on the main toolbar and click on the Search button. If you key in more than one term, Netscape searches for sites with information on all of them. For example, type Tennis Racquets to find sites with information on both tennis and racquets. Sites dealing with tennis clubs or racquetball racquets, however, would not be displayed.
 

How Do I Overcome Hours Of Wasteful Search?


It can be frustrating if you are looking for a very specific information and not just a broad area. That is why search engines have Boolean operators that most of us tend to ignore. The next time you have a very specific query use the three Boolean operators:
"Or," "And" and "And not."

• Terms linked by the "Or" operator return only those sites that match any one particular term.
• Terms linked by the "And" operator deliver only those sites that match all of the search terms. For example, type "Grey Or Gray And Parrot" to find sites on parrots with either spelling of the color term.
Terms linked by the "And not" operator exclude those sites that match the search term following the "And not." For example, type "Random And not House" to find sites about randomness but not about the publisher Random House.
 


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