In most cases listings in the
Healthlinks.net directory are placed alphabetically within subcategories of
major categories. The majority of our provider listings are alphabetical by
city. Information and reference listings are alphabetical by title.
As an example, John Smith, a family
dentist located in San Francisco California would be found within the
directory under Dentists:-->Practices:-->Family Practices:-->United
States--> Since Dr. Smith is located in San Francisco, his listing would
be alphabetical by city (San Francisco).
To limit the number of listings, we
provide further refinement by state or country that allows you to use the
'Refine by Location' box located on each directory page.
engine additionally allows searching within the category or subcategory. To use this
feature, enter your search term in the search box and select 'Within
Your Category' or 'Within Your Results'. A note about
search terms: The more detailed
your query, the more relevant your results.
The Healthlinks search engine provides an
advanced capability that will check your spelling and recommend an
alternative word/term if it does not recognize the one you have entered.
Using our Search Engine
Our search engine comes complete with some advanced capabilities to help you find exactly
what you're looking for. These capabilities are best shown with a few examples:
Prefacing a search term with a "special" character can greatly help you to
narrow your searches....
+ / and
|Require this term
||Will only display listings that contain the word
|Forbid this term
|Will only display listings that DO NOT contain the word
|Prefer this term
||+internet or web
||This will find all listings containing
'internet', and will
rank those that also contain the word 'web' a bit higher. (since web is
|Exactly match this phrase
||This will find all listing that contain the phrase
Help'. Note that using the quote marks forces the engine into a case-sensitive
|Find all entries belonging to a given domain or matching a file name
|The top example will return all entries in the www.mysite.com domain. The lower example shows how you
could find every .asp page listed in the engine.
|Find all entries submitted by a person with this email address
|This is a convenience search, if you know who posted a link (or want to
see if a certain person has posted any links, This is how you'd find them.
is a powerful search tool, but has some limitations. It cannot span
words - that is, the query 'powerfu*earch' would not
match the first sentence of this paragraph - and it can represent at most four letters or
numbers. To avoid overly broad searches, the asterisk can only be used in words or phrases
which have at least three alpha-numeric characters. A search for 'th*' would be
Note on case sensitivity - only words or phrases containing
an upper case character will be treated as case sensitive. A search on 'usa'
will match 'Usa', 'USA', and 'usA', while the term 'USA'
matches only its uppercase version.
punctuation - in your search string, do not use punctuation marks such as
periods, question marks, comma's, slashes. As an example, use Inc rather