(updated 12/12/2012)

Search Tips

Using Google or some other search engine, you can quickly find general information about almost anything by searching for "your topic" with the word "links". For example, to search for info on "Egypt", go to either site and enter "Egypt links" in the search criterion field, instead of just "Egypt".

What you will often get back are organized pages of links to your topic - depending, of course, on the general public's interest level in your topic. Even the links found may be pages to more links. It only remains to go to and through some of these links to find what you are looking for.

What you won't get by adding the word "links" to your keyword search, are all the singular references to your subject's keyword which, in many cases, makes the list of what's found so long that the information becomes almost useless.

Another good search direction is for media outlets on your topic. A search for "Egypt magazines" may yield quite a lot. "Egypt information" will get you to the more educational and travel references. "Egypt news" will find just that. "Egypt chat" will find locations where you may talk with others about your subject. If the subject is a place, you can try "Egypt maps" or "Egypt radio".

If you do not get any results with these keywords added, use something with a broader scope (like "Africa links", for example) or go back to using your main keyword alone ("Egypt"). If its out there, you'll find something.

For reference materials of all kinds, and a listing of a great number of informational sites, try : PCN's links page.

When using Google, there are two other kinds of searches you may find helpful. You can do "image" searches - where the results are displayed as thumbnails of the criterion-matching images, and you can do Usenet searches - where you can look through text messages from members of usenet groups. Simply choose the kind of search you want to do from the main Google search page.

Happy hunting...

What is a "link"?

"Link" is the abbreviation of "hyperlink" - and refers to text or graphics in a web page that have the underlying property of being able to take you to a particular web page or site.


is an example of a hyperlink, as is


You can distinguish hyperlinks from other elements of a web page by the change in the cursor shape : usually an arrow, the cursor will change into an I-bar if you are over text, and into a small hand with index finger ready to push if you are over a link "button". If you hover over a hyperlink, you will see the URL that the link will take you to displayed in the lower left portion of the browser screen.

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