A Search Engine is a program that searches documents for specified keywords and returns
a list of the documents including those keywords.
Use a search engine when...
- You have a narrow or obscure topic or idea to research
- You are looking for a specific site
- You want to search the full text of millions of pages
- You want to retrieve a LARGE number of documents on your topic
Search Engine Characteristics:
- Full-text of selected Web pages
- Keyword searching
- No browsing, no subject categories
- Databases compiled by "spiders" (computer-robot programs) with minimal human oversight
- Variable size, from small and specialized to over 90% of the indexable Web.
Popular Search Engines:
|Search engine tips . . .
- Different search engines will give different results. Try more than one.
- Use a plus sign (+) in front of a word or phrase that must be included in your results,
or a minus sign (-) in front of words that should be excluded from your results. If you
are looking for a specific phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For Example:
- "victorian literature"
- +"Martin Luther King Jr." +childhood
- +bass -fishing