Finding Internet Web Sites
A computer browser is used to view and interact with the World Wide Web. Internet Explorer is an example of a browser. A search engine is part of a browser. It is used to find a desired Web site on the World Wide Web. There are two basic types of search engine.
When you want all of your key words to appear in a URL you wish to find, you enclose them in quotation marks, " ". If you know the Web site's URL, simply enter it in either type of search engine's window and the site will appear - usually.
Sometimes the transmission of the site to your computer slows or is stopped before it's complete. When this happens, click the refresh button on the toolbar. This forces the Web page contents to be retransmitted.
No search engine will connect with all sites on the Internet. Most engines are biased toward one area of interest or another. When you enter a URL and get the dreaded "404 Not Found" message, try a different search engine before you give up. Start thinking up key words for the Index-type search engine.
Keep a half-dozen search engines at your fingertips by establishing quick links to them by "Bookmarking" or adding to "Favorites" (depending on your system). Here are a few search engine URLs to get you started:
To find an elusive Web site, you can simultaneously search dozens of search engines with so-called meta-search engines.
The following are directories of specialty search engines:
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