How to search the internet

 

There are literally billions of websites on the internet, making a huge range of information available to you. However, it can be quite daunting when you’re trying to locate that one site that you know holds the answer!
 
This is where a search engine comes in. You type relevant ‘keywords’ into a search engine, which then looks for pages throughout the internet that contain those words and thus might hold the answer to your question.
 
You'll need:
 
  • A computer, smartphone or tablet with internet access.
There are two ways to get to a search engine:
 
  • go to your browser’s address bar and type in the address of the search engine website – for instance, Google:

Googles browser bar

  • use the search box that’s usually found in the top right-hand corner of a browser and of many websites.
Search box
 
There are many search engines available on the internet. Here are just a few of them:
 
  • Google is probably the best-known search engine, so much so that in 2006 it became a verb in the Oxford English Dictionary!
  • Bing, Microsoft’s own search engine, is usually built into the Internet Explorer browser.
  • Originally called ‘Ask Jeeves’, it was renamed as Ask.com in 2005. It responds to full questions rather than to keywords.
  • Yahoo! is the second most popular search engine after Google.
Using a search engine
 
Use the links above to access a search engine. Then all you have to do is enter keywords (or, in the case of Ask.com, a question) in the space provided – called the ‘search box’ – and click Search. For example, if you put ‘holiday’ and ‘Mauritius’ into the search box and click Search, you’ll come up with page after page of companies offering holidays in Mauritius.
 
A search engine can be used to look for products, companies, people, information, images, directions and maps. You’ll never again be frustrated by having that answer on the tip of your tongue … just google the keywords!
 
Debbie Brixey is a Digital Unite tutor based in south London.

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