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Search engines are designed to look for pages that contain the terms you've placed in the "search-term" or query box, and Excite is no different. However unlike most other search engines it also looks for terms that match the concept of what you have queried. For example, let's examine a simple search such as "rainfall in Seattle." In the query box you would enter that search exactly as it is phrased above. In return Excite would not only provide you with weather information about Seattle, via newspapers and travel guides, but also provide links to city and regional information.

For narrower searches, you can add more words, use a plus (+) sign, or use a minus (-) sign. For example:

Adding more words: "rainfall in Seattle and flooding"

Using the plus sign: "rainfall in Seattle + December + flooding + freezing" All sites listed will contain all four elements. The plus sign is actually short hand for the word "and."

Using the minus sign: "rainfall in Seattle + December + flooding - snow" All sites listed will contain all three elements and exclude snow. The plus sign is actually short hand for the word "and not."

Another term you can enter is: "AND NOT": Web sites found cannot contain the term following "AND NOT." For example, "rainfall in Seattle + December and not snow," all sites containing information with rain, Seattle, December and not snow will be listed.

Excites Web page at lists some general search tips for our consideration. I have copied and listed them here for your convenience:

1. Search for ideas and concepts instead of just keywords, using more than one word in your search. Excite uses Intelligent Concept Extraction (ICE) to find relationships that exist between words and ideas, so the results of a search will contain words related to the concepts you're searching for.

2. Excite's search results are sorted by relevance. The results nearest the top will usually be the most relevant.

3. Use Excite's More Like This link. If you find that one of the many returned results better describes what you are searching for, click on the words "More Like This" next to the URL. Our search engine will then use that page as an example in a new search, to find more sites similar to the one you liked.

4. Use the View by Web Site function. Excite's list of search results may present several pages from the same site. When you click View by Web Site, your list will show the name of each site and the relevant pages within it.

5. Choose where you want to search by using the radio buttons above the search box on the Search Options page. These allow you to search the World Wide Web, Excite Web Guide, Current News, Usenet Newsgroups, and City.Net.

6. Windows 95 and Windows NT users can save time by bringing Excite's search engine to their fingertips. Just download and install Excite Direct on your Netscape Navigator or Internet Explorer browser. It's easy. Excite Direct puts a search box and button on your browser's toolbar so you can search without having to return to Excite's home page. Excite's power and the Web's comprehensiveness (all 50-million plus URLs) are accessible from Excite Direct's search box.

7. Use all of Excite's power to find exactly what you're looking for. You can conduct the most comprehensive search on the Web through Excite Search, find a focused list of sites through Excite Web Guide, and use My Channel to deliver personalized information right to your desktop. But Excite offers even more. ExciteSeeing Tours guide you through the Web, leading you to information on a multitude of topics. City.Net pinpoints destinations and resources the world over. And Excite Reference helps you track down the people, businesses, and e-mail addresses you need. No matter what you're looking for on the Web, Excite will find it.

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