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Search the Web Like A Pro

Test Your Knowledge With This Quiz

By now, many of you have probably been using the Internet and the World Wide Web for years, but how much do you really know about the Web, its contents and its search tools? Here's a quick quiz to find out. Try to answer each question, then click the question to see the correct answer. No grades--this is just for you.

1. True or False. The World Wide Web is only one part of the Internet.

2. True or False. If I learn excellent Web search techniques, I'll be able to find any information I need on the World Wide Web.

3. True or False. Search engines like Google and Yahoo will search through all the information on the Web to find information on my topic.

4. True or False. The "Invisible Web" is information which most Web search engines can't find.

5. True or False. When we use Web search engines, any advertising on the search results page is always labeled.

6. True or False. If I use a Web subject directory, I will find a huge number of excellent information sources.

7. Many search engines let you force the search engine to exclude a word or phrase from your search by:       
a) Using the word "omit" with your search words.               
                                              like this: (bass (omit music))
         b) inserting a minus sign - in your search words directly before the word or phrase you want to exclude  
                                              like this: (college -electoral)
         c) Using parentheses ( )  around the word or phrase in your search statement 
                                              like this: chocolate chip cookies (walnuts)

8. True or False. Web search engines are all pretty much alike.

9. True or False. Some Web search engines track what you are searching for and tailor your future search results based on your past search behavior.

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