I've Lost Power in Two Rooms. How Can I Test for the Bad Wire?

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I recently lost power to two rooms in my house. I've checked for those little switches above the electrical outlets, but there aren't any in my home.  I spoke to a relative who had me test a few things, and he said there is a bad wire somewhere in the wiring.  I would hire an electrician but we're trying to save money right now, so I'd rather do this myself.  Is there a device i can use to test the wiring in the house to find this bad wire?  Better yet, how should I go about doing this?

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