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Anatomy of a Web Address

If you already know how to read a web address or URL (Universal Resource Locator, pronounced “you are ell”), skip this section. Otherwise, consider the web address https://www.googleguide.com/searchEngines/google/searchLeader.html. Here’s what it all means:

transfer protocol (type of information being transferred)

website name, host name

second-level domain name

top-level domain name

directory name (major category)

sub-directory name (sub-category)

file name (a file within the directory)

file format

Here’s a list […]

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This page was last modified on: Tuesday May 1, 2007

Advanced Search Form

When you don’t find what you’re seeking, consider specifying more precisely what you want by using Google’s Advanced Search feature. Don’t be frightened by the name “Advanced Search”; it’s easy to use, and it allows you to select or exclude pages with more precision than Google’s standard search box. Click on the Advanced Search link […]

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This page was last modified on: Sunday August 10, 2008

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