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Using Google to Search the Web

This lesson will help you more easily find the information you seek on the web.

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At some point in your travails on the web, you will be seeking information but not know how to find it. This is where the Google search engine will come to your rescue. A search engine is a a tool that enables users to locate information on the World Wide Web. Search engines use keywords entered by users to find Web sites which contain the information sought. The search engine at http://www.google.com is widely regarded as one of the best ways to find information on almost any topic, provided you are able to describe what you are looking for.

When you go to www.google.com, you will see the following:

Google screenshot

To perform a basic search, simply type what you want to find into the box and press the Google Search button. Voila! You should see lots and lots of results in the form of links that you can click on. If you press the I'm Feeling Lucky button, Google will immediately send you to the top ranked result for the search terms you entered.

You can also search Google in a much more focused way, called the Advanced Search.

To perform an Advanced Search, click on the Advanced Search link to the right of the text entry box. You will then be presented with the following:

Google advanced search screenshot

This screen works pretty much as you would expect it to, searching Google on the criteria you specify here. When you're through customizing your search, click Google Search and it will bring back any results it finds that match the criteria you have specified.

Google does many neat, more specific searches too. For example, if you went to http://images.google.com and typed in a search, it would find only images that match that search. Click the link above and search for Hawaii. You'll bring up all manner of beautiful photos of Hawaii. Remember to click the Back button to come back to this tutorial.

http://news.google.com only searches news articles, and has a fairly comprehensive and up-to-date consolidation of the day's news from sources all around the nation and the world.

Yahoo!, A Web Directory

Another tool for finding things on the web is the web directory. Below you will find a description of the Yahoo! Directory taken from the Yahoo! site:

"Unlike Google, the Yahoo! Directory is a human-created and maintained library of web sites organized into categories and subcategories. Yahoo! editors review these sites for potential inclusion in the Directory, and to evaluate the best place to list them.

For example, you can see a full listing of general sites related to dogs by visiting Yahoo!'s Dogs category. Sites about more specific dog-related subjects are listed under appropriate subcategories."

An example of what you might see on Yahoo! directory is as follows:

 

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