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Chapter 23. Searching for Information > Can I Really Search the Whole Web?

Can I Really Search the Whole Web?

Well, yes and no. Although using the various search sites works similarly, each has its own unique search methods. But, more important, each has its own unique set of files—a database—upon which all searches are based.

You see, no search site actually goes out and searches the entire Web when you ask it to. A search site searches its own index of information about the Web—its database. The more complete and accurate that database is, the more successful your searches are likely to be.


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