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Chapter 10. Yahoo! > Searching with Yahoo

Searching with Yahoo

Now let's try an actual Yahoo search to see how it works and how the search results are presented. Start by going to the Yahoo home page (www.yahoo.com).

To search with Yahoo:

1.
Type a word or phrase in the Yahoo search form (Figure 10.7) and click on the Search button to submit it.

Figure 10.7. To do an AND search, put a plus sign (+) in front of each word or phrase.


Yahoo ignores the words AND, OR, and NOT. Therefore, to do an AND search, put a plus sign (+) directly in front of each word or phrase you want to include in your search results.

For OR searches, type each word or phrase separated by a space.

For NOT searches, put a minus sign (-) in front of the word or phrase you want to exclude.

Phrases should be enclosed in double quotes.

2.
Yahoo will search its database for both topic categories and Web sites that match your query. Category Matches (if any) will be listed first, followed by Site Matches (Figure 10.8). Your search terms will be displayed in bold to make them easier to spot.

Figure 10.8. Here's an example of how Yahoo presents search results. Category Matches come first, followed by Site Matches.


3.
If Yahoo doesn't find any matching categories or Web sites in its database, it will automatically display matches from the Google database (Figure 10.9). Yahoo refers to these results as Web Page Matches (contrasted with Site Matches or Web Sites, which both refer to sites in the Yahoo database).

Figure 10.9. Web Page Matches (contrasted with Site Matches) come from the Google database. The terminology is a bit confusing at first, but you'll get the hang of it.


4.
To explore any category or Web site on the results page, simply click on it. Web site links, of course, take you directly to the site. Category links take you to the next level down in the Yahoo Web directory, where you're given a chance to do another search or explore more links.

5.
If you choose to do another search while you're on a category page, you have the option of limiting it to the category you're currently exploring. Simply key in one or more search terms and click on the radio button labeled just this category (Figure 10.10).

Figure 10.10. Yahoo gives you the option of limiting your directory search to the category you're currently exploring, a neat feature that comes in handy for refining a query.


6.
To look for news articles or Internet events that match your search request, go back to the results page and click Related News or Events in the menu bar (Figure 10.11).

Figure 10.11. The menu bar on the results page allows you to direct your search to Yahoo's database of news articles and Internet events.



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