Again, you will need to have Yahoo! open in a second browser window to complete the following exercises: (refer to Two Browser Windows if you need help)
When Should I "Search" (as opposed to "Browse") in Yahoo?
You should search Yahoo! when you are looking for a web site and you know its title.
Example: You're looking for Life Magazine online. Instead of browsing through the following categories:
News and Media
and then Life Magazine in the alphabetical list, just type "life magazine" into any search box (you don't need to capitalize the words and you don't need quotes). Try this.
You should search Yahoo! when you are looking for a specific topic.
|Example: You're planning a vacation to Australia. Remember that Yahoo! organizes sites into categories. Those categories are organized by topic. "Does Yahoo! have anything on the topic of Australian Travel?" Search. Type in the words "australia travel" (no quotes, no capitals) and see what happens.
One of the first results is the category, Regional: Countries: Australia: Recreation and Sports: Travel. Is that the topic
you're after? Yes. Click on it. And remember: if you don't get
results on your first search, modify it and try again; sometimes searching is more of an art than a science.
You should search Yahoo! when you want to see where in Yahoo! a particular web site is listed and what other sites are related to it.
|Example: You love the computer game Myst. You're not
really interested in Myst itself, since you've already played it
for 150 hours, but you are in the market for a similar product. Type "myst" into any search box. Check the results. Click on the first category. This will take you to the Myst game category, deep within
the Yahoo! hierarchy. Now, here's the cool part: Look at the title of the page:
"Home:Recreation:Games:Computer Games:Titles:Adventure:Myst." All the words in that title are hyperlinks except for the last one (because you are already on the Myst page). Click on the next to last word, "Adventures:". Voila! There is a whole list of computer games in the same genre as Myst.
If you are a bit unclear about the different strategies (browse or keyword search), keep in mind that you will often find yourself combining the two strategies. Sometimes you will "browse and then search" to find what you are looking for, and other times you will "search and then browse". There is no one way to find something on the web. Searching is somewhat of an art and needs practice.|