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Q1:Why would I ever need more than one search site? Can't I just pick my favorite, and always use it?
A1: Every search site has a different database, and uses a different technical method for extracting results from that database. Although there will be overlap, you'll never see the same results from two different search sites.

Sure, if you have a search site you're comfortable with, it makes sense to try it first. But to ensure the best hope of finding exactly what you're looking for, it's important that you know how to get to several different search sites, and how to operate each one.

Portals like MSN and Netcenter can make trying the same term in multiple search sites easier, as can Internet Explorer's search sites in its Explorer bar. You learn how in Hour 10.

Q2:I like exploring Yahoo!'s directory, but find it tiresome after exploring one branch to Back my way back upward a few levels to try another route. Is there a shortcut?
A2: If you look carefully at any listing in Yahoo!, you'll notice that a complete path appears in a large heading at the top, showing the full list, left to right, of the category and subcategories under which the list you're viewing appears. You can click on the name of any subcategory in that path to jump directly back to that subcategory's listing.


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