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We have made every effort to make the site quick and easy to search. As much as possible we allow for businesses to list themselves and cross index their business for optimum search results, so no matter which searching method you prefer, you should find all listings related to that search. This is always an on going effort with the Dynamic Nature of the web.
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  • Our headings, listings and searches are first grouped by priority, then alphabetically to allow for faster searches in the event you have to search through a list. Ultimately we are a search DATABASE, so most items you know by name can be found immediately by typing that name in the general search bar.
  • WHENEVER YOU CLICK A BUTTON on the MENU BAR you will be provided with a SELECTIVE INPUT search bar, these descriptions are provided below. As much as possible the information is CROSS LINKED so you should get almost identical results using any start point. THE MOST ACCURATE method is general search or by (phone) HEADINGS

    JUST TYPE AND SEARCH ... or try our indexed search menus

  • General - Standard database look up by company, description or keywords. Type In a word or words and click the search button to get an exact match or list of businesses that match.
    NOTE: unique company names will retrieve EXACT COMPANY MATCHING ( no lists)

  • Browse - Internet style step directory. Choose a Category, the click to go to sub directories.

  • by Heading - Phone Pages style index. Choose a category then get the business for that category

  • by Company - alphabetical company names. Select a letter or number, then get a list of companies that begin with that letter
  • [extra searches]

  • Community & Product - a user friendly advance search that looks up a cross reference between a Community or Neighborhood and a product. This is similar to a postal code look up by for people familiar with the area will make much more sense

  • Map & Product - another user friendly advance search that looks up a cross reference look up between a map Page ( Streetwise Map ) and a product. I you own a Streetwise Map Book you can pick a map page and look for a business or service in that map

  • Street & Company - another user friendly advance search that looks up a cross reference look up, this one looks up a company name and a street. This is helpful if you know where a company is but cannot remember its exact name. You can enter a partial name and match that to a street to find your answer

  • street & product  - another user friendly advance search that looks up a cross reference, this one looks up a company type or product and a street. This is helpful if you know where a company is but cannot remember its name but know what type of business it is. You can enter a product keyword and match that to a street to find your answer
    • cross index search   - This is a comparative list between the Internet Style Directory Index and A Phone Book Style Directory. You type in a key word and this produces a dual list of headings that contain those words. When You click a heading you are give the list of business in that specific heading
    Search Differences

    Valid Search Methods:

    EXACT MATCHING: all searches are looking for exact matches. This means, all words in sequence. SPACES are read as a Space. Placing a space BEFORE or AFTER a word helps to filter smaller words out of larger words. One example is CAT. If you enter [cat] you would find Communication, Educational, Identification, however if you enter cat with a leading space [ cat] you would find only those words beginning with cat Catalogue,Caterers, CATV etc. and if you enter cat with a leading and trailing spaces, type [ cat ] you will only find an exact match for the word cat. The search is designed so that each additional letter( space) or word that you add will diminish ( filter) the search results.

    PLURALS: if you are a person listing your business, we recommend you use PLURAL version and singular version of words for maximum search ability. IF you are a visitor looking up businesses we RECOMMEND YOU USE the singular version with no space after, to get maximum results.

    AND: you may use AND (in upper case) to find matching words that may not appear side by side, but all words MUST APPEAR in the same listing - you can also use the asterisk (*) symbol or the percent sign (%) to do the same function as AND. These are the three most commonly used variables to express , any number of  letters or characters. *NOTE: if you use the lower case of and in your search, the search pattern expects this to be PART OF THE COMPANY NAME. example(Big Blue and Cousins would look for for the specific phrase Big Blue and Cousins 
    but Big Blue AND Cousins will look for any business listing the words Big Blue and including cousins somewhere in their listing description, keywords or company name) 

    Quotes: you do not need to use quotes to group words or phrases, this is automatically done for you. With or without quotes you will get the same results. 

    UNCERTAIN how something is spelled: try a single letter replacement using the question mark(?) or the underscore ( _ ). Example: theatre or theater ... entering theat?r will find both 
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      general - common search bar for company name, keywords and general search terms. In most cases if you know an exact name this is all you need to use to find your item. It you do not know a specific company name we offer a number of other searches designed to help you cross reference items to ensure better search results, with shorter lists, and even to specify a very localized area for a product or business.

       browsing - this uses a Directory Tree ( or STEP Directory ) look up. Each heading you select displays all the listings under that heading, a other sub categories of that heading. As you select other sub headings the listings are more selective. This is common to a lot of directories but the headings are sometimes confusing or arbitrary. Often based on what the designers believe you think items should appear under

      by company - an alphabetical list of Company Names by first letter. Similar to the white pages of any phone book. This is a two part search, the first screen takes you to a click index of numbers and letters. When you select a letter you are then presented with a list of all names beginning with that letter. This is useful if you are uncertain how a company is spelled. This search looks up companies by name only. And list victoria business followed by other web resources.

      by heading - this is patterned after the business section of a phone book. An ALPHAbetic list of business headings. You type in a keyword, and preview headings that contain that specific word. When you click a heading you are given only those companies that appear in that heading. Since these are very specific headings, the product of the search is designed to find is businesses that match your needs. We feel this is a much more efficient method than BROWSING through headings.

    [extra searches]
      community & product
      map & product
      street & company
      street & product
      cross index search
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