whois searches for an Internet directory entry for an identifier which is either a name (such as ``Smith'') or a handle
(such as ``SRI-NIC''). To force a name-only search, precede the name with a period; to force a handle-only search, precede the handle with an exclamation point.
To search for a group or organization entry, precede the argument with * (an asterisk). The entire membership list of the group will be displayed with the record.
You may of course use an exclamation point and asterisk, or a period and asterisk together.