Excite indexes 250 million
pages and media objects and also indexes
Usenet news. In addition, it offers
a comprehensive, in-depth subject arrangement
of 150,000 sources.
Excite provides simple and
advanced interfaces. More Search gives
the option of an Advanced Web, News
or Audio Video search. The Advanced
Search page is forms-based to let you
quickly create Boolean searches. You
specify how many search results and
where you want it to search. Eleven
languages are provided or you may search
by a lengthy list of countries or by
domain. Excite is outstanding in concept
searching; it can provide sites for
more specific terms than originally
entered. If you find a page that is
good, click on find similar pages. Also,
by typing in certain keywords you may
access publicly-traded companies, sports
teams and leagues, TV shows, cities
and states, colleges and universities,
automobiles, music bands, artists and
albums and several other categories.
- + sign
and - sign before words indicates a must
include or eliminate entirely condition.
- OR is the default, but it supports
using AND and AND NOT: must be entered
in capital letters.
- Excite's search engine recognizes
upper case letters on word beginnings
- In a Boolean search put names in
- Terms are automatically searched
as word prefixes or roots. Nesting
term 1 with term 2 or term 3 is allowed.
Excite is best used for finding
widely discussed, mainstream topics.
Three categories of results are Directory,
Web results and Web news. The hit display
includes title, URL, brief summary and
relevance rating with results shown
in decreasing order. You may instead
choose to display results grouped by
Web site or show titles only.