Find Information if You Know What Web Site You Want, but Not Its Address
- To use a search engine, you generally search by keywords. That is, you first decide which words might appear on the web pages you want and then enter them into the search engine's search box.
- Most search engines do not search the entire World Wide Web. Generally, they search less than 10% of the entire World Wide Web.
- The quality and content of web sites varies greatly. They may include full text documents, lists of links to other web pages, or often pure junk. Search engines have very little human oversight. It is very important that you carefully evaluate your results.
- Metasearch engines search multiple search engines at once, but not thoroughly. Results might include much useless information.
- Examples: Alltheweb, AltaVista, Google, Bing, Yahoo, Ask.com, FindLaw
To Search Google
- Go to http://www.google.com
- In the box on the Google screen, type your topic (animal rights, autism, etc.).
- Click on Google Search.
- To view a web site, click on the underlined (hypertext) title on your results list.
- To print a web document, click on File and then on Print on the gray tool bar.
- To retrieve more specific results, click on Advanced Search before you enter your topic.