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Chapter 3. Basic Search Tools > Searching in Plain English

Searching in Plain English

For new Web searchers, one of the best tools going is plain-English or natural-language searching. Most of the leading search engines have developed techniques that are amazingly good at finding what you want based on a simple question—especially if the question includes at least one unique keyword or phrase.

One problem with plain-English searches like the one shown in Figure 3.1 is that they typically produce a very large number of hits. But as long as the information you're looking for shows up at or near the top of the list (Figure 3.2), it doesn't really matter.


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