The Web is a vast collection of information and multimedia resources, including images, audio recordings, and video clips. To find relevant information from this collection, you can use a search engine, the most common search tool on the Web. Google is an example of a search engine. This search engine uses an automated process to search and retrieve information from numerous sites, including government, corporate, and educational Web sites. In this section, you will see how to perform a search for reliable information on the Web.
Tips for searching like a pro
Don’t see what you’re looking for in your search results? Here are some basic tips and tricks to help you find just what you want every time:
- Keep it simple! Start by typing the name of a thing, place, or concept that you’re looking for – for instance.
[ puppy training tips ]
[ london dinner cruise ]
[ pasta recipe ]
2. Add relevant words if you don’t see what you want after doing a simple search.
First try: [ puppy ]
More precise: [ puppy training ]
Even more precise: [ dalmatian puppy training class ]
Don’t worry if it takes several attempts to find the right words to describe your search.
3. Try words that a website would use to describe what you’re looking for.
Not ideal: [ my head hurts ]
Not ideal: [ why is my head killing me ]
Better: [ headache ]
Why? Google matches the words in your search to the words appearing in pages on the Internet. “Headache” is the term that informative webpages are likely to use, so using that term will help you reach the type of information you want.
4. Use only the important words rather than a full sentence or question.
Not ideal: [ country where bats are an omen of good luck ]
Better: [ bats good luck ]
Why? Generally, all of the words that you include in your search will be used to find matching content. Too many words will limit your results.
5. Let Google do the work! Certain types of searches will show you special information directly below the search box.
Weather: [ weather edinburgh ]
Calculations: [ 45 x .88 ]
Sometimes Google search will act differently than what’s described above if doing so could improve your search. Here are a few of these cases:
- Common words like “the,” “a,” and “for,” are usually ignored, but might not be if they’re integral to your search phrase. For example, the word “the” differentiates a search for [ the who ] (likely referring to the band) and [ who ] (likely referring to the World Health Organization).
- A webpage could appear in your results even if it doesn’t contain all of the words from your search. For example, the query [ overhead view of the bellagio pool ] will give you nice overhead pictures from webpages that do not include the word “overhead.”
- Synonyms might replace some words in your original query, but you can enclose a word or phrase in quotes to prevent this from happening.
- Generally, most punctuation and special characters are ignored, however there is a growing list of punctuation and symbols that are recognised in searches.
- Try including search operators to filter your results by certain conditions.
- Use the Advanced Search page to see options for narrowing down your search results.
The search results page
Google’s goal is to provide you with results that are clear and easy to read. A basic search result will include a title that links to the webpage, a short description or an actual excerpt from the webpage, and the page’s URL.
For more information on Web searches, click on this link