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Q1:When searching for a name, like "Bill Clinton," should I use that old last-name-first gag and use Clinton, Bill as my search term?
A1: It doesn't matter. Search tools pretty much ignore commas, so whichever way you do it, the tool sees Bill and Clinton and comes up with the same hits. By the way, if you're searching for who I think you're searching for, note that A) He's not the only Bill Clinton in the world, and B) He sometimes goes by William, not Bill. The term President Clinton is a better choice.
Q2:In some search tools, like AltaVista, I see options for searching "Usenet." What's that all about?
A2: Some search engines can search not only the Web, but also the contents of Internet newsgroups, which are sometimes collectively (and inaccurately) called Usenet. You'll learn about newsgroups, including searching them, in Hour 15, "Reading and Posting to Newsgroups."


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