Using Search Engines
The search engine uses algorithms, a set of maths instructions, to trawl through lists of websites that have been submitted to it in order to find a result.
Don’t worry too much about spelling the search engine will use a spell checker and offer alternative suggestions.
The most important thing to remember when using search engines is to keep it simple. Be specific.
Narrow down the results displayed by the search engine by using the advanced search option. This allows you to filter your results to show more relevant information first.
Search Engines : A Brief Explanation
Before search engines were invented you needed to know the exact address of the website that you wanted to visit. Now it is possible to find many websites that have the content you are looking for using the search engine.
The search engine has revolutionised the way we use the internet and is now present on all web browsers in the toolbar at the top of the screen. A search engine enables us to perform a search of keywords that appear on websites.
Google is amongst the most popular search engines and has entered language as a verb “if you want to find an answer to a question then google it”.
Some Useful Instructions
If you simply type an item that you want into the search box, the search engine will retrieve all websites that include that word and display them. Websites that have more relevance to the search will be listed first. Sometimes this can give you millions of possible websites to visit for that information.
It helps to be specific when you are searching, for example if you are searching for the weather report in a particular area search – weather in London.
Using inverted commas will have the search engine look for specific phrases contained in websites, for example – “BBC click”
You don’t have to limit yourself to just one
If you cannot find what you are looking for you can use other search engines that may throw up different search results trawlling specific types of information or databases.
- List of search engines wikipedia
- The search engine list
- 10 search engines for beginners
- Search engine colossus – International search engines
- How to search on google by google
- Google advanced search
- How do search engines work