Meta-Engines (compiling the results of more than one search
Spidered Search Engines (Keywords are built from the contents
of the page)
Directories (Sites are found by topic, title, description
and assigned keywords)
The Open Directory (used by Google)
Infoseek (based on Go)
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Any search engine will allow you to enter one or more words and will look for
any occurrence of any of those words in the records in its database. Most directories
will also let you search for topics containing your keyword or words, then search
the records in that particular topic.
Most search engines will also let you choose whether to search for any of
your selected words, all of them at once, or the words taken as a phrase. For
Some search engines, like Altavista, give you even more flexibility. You can say,
for instance, "give me all records discussing 'fly fishing' or 'fishing with flies'
or 'hand-tied flies' but only if they also mention trout and never if they mention
- "Fly fishing" with the option "any words" will get you all pages referring
to house flies, baseball pop flies, flying ... as well as all pages on commercial
fishing, subsistence fishing, depwater fishing ... you get the idea.
- "Fly fishing" with the option "all words" will get you only the records
that have both "fly" and "fishing" in them. This may be "I like deep-sea fishing
and hang-gliding: it's the only way to fly."
- "Fly fishing" as a phrase will get you only records that contain those two
words in that sequence
Placing several words in quotes marks them as a phrase.
- "fly fishing" "fishing with flies" "hand-tied flies" +trout -"Red Green"
Marking an item with a plus sign (+) means "must contain this word."
Marking an item with a minus sign (-) means "must not contain this word."
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