A search engine employs a computer program to access websites and retrieve information. Each search engine is owned by a single entity like a person or a company. A web search engine is designed to search for information on the world wide web (www). The search results may consist of web pages, images, and other types of files.
Examples are Alta Vista, Yahoo, Google, Excite, Mama, Magellan, Lycos, Infoseek, MSN, etc.
List of Search Engines and their Website
|MSN live search||www.msn.com|
Search Engine Terms:
1. Search query: Also known as ‘user search string’, this is the word or set of words that are typed by the user in the search bar of the search engine.
2. Search Engine Results Page (SERP): A search engine results page (SERP) is the page that a search engine like Yahoo, Google, etc, returns in response to a query by a searcher. Users input a specific phrase or keyword and the search engine lists all of the results in response to the keyword.
Specific Uses of Search Engines:
1. It is used to search for information on the Internet.
2. It is used to store information on the Internet.
3. It is used to download information into storage media e.g flash disk.
4. It is used to retrieve and view searched information.
5. It is used to print digitized information with the use of a printer.
Steps In Using a Search Engine:
1. Open an Internet browser e.g Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla, and get to the Internet environment.
2. Type the search engine site e.g www.google.com on the address bar and press the Enter key
3. Type your request in the search box and click ‘Go’ or Press Enter key
4. Your request will then travel to the search engine’s website, where it will conduct a search of its database and direct the response back to you.
5. Hence, you can view the information on the screen, download any available information into storage media or send information to a printer.