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Searching the Web

Search engines index billions of web pages and put them at your fingertips. Google is best for all-around searching, but you may prefer other engines for specialized searches or if Google doesn’t do what you want. (No one engine knows about every web page.) Some engines, such as Teoma (www.teoma.com) and Open Directory (www.dmoz.org), have their own spin on analyzing and organizing relevant links. You can find search-engine recommendations, news, tips—and about everything else you’d want to know about the subject—at www.searchenginewatch.com.

To search by using Google

1.
In your browser, go to www.google.com (Figure 13.8).

Figure 13.8. Click the Preferences link to set your language(s) and the number of search results to display per page.


2.
Type a search phrase in the box; then click Google Search.

Google responds with a list of links, ordered by relevancy (Figure 13.9).

Figure 13.9. Search engines are fast. Here, Google’s results bar shows more than 3 million matches for human genome project in about a fifth of a second. Search engines rank pages by using proprietary (and competing) “relevance” formulas; Google’s is called PageRank.


3.
Click any result link to visit the page.


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