Don't Just Surf: Effective Research Strategies for the Net by Maureen Henninger

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50 Don't Just Surf Because of this enormous number of documents each search tool attempts to provide methods of reducing irrelevancies. But the fact remains that most persons using the search tools do not understand the finer points of electronic text searching. They simply type a couple of keywords into the search form and wonder why they are presented with a list of 1 or 2 million Web sites! Other problems: • • • • • • The detection of identical documents is difficult. There is no formal way to discover new resources.

The word or phrase is then found and highlighted in the document. 12 Highlighted text found in a displayed document Graphics Downloading or retrieving graphics from the Internet can be very time consuming. Unless the graphic is an integral part of the ‘document’, you might want to ‘turn off’ the automatic loading of images simply by clicking on Automatically load images option which you will find under the Advanced Preferences. 13). 13 Turning off the Automatically load images in Netscape You can always look at the images by clicking on the Images button on the toolbar.

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