For Beginners - Searching
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You use search engines to search for information on the internet. Google is probably the best search engine, but there are plenty of others. picture of Search box Every seach engine has a white box about halfway down the webpage. You click in this box, and then type a few 'key words' (e.g. kite flying) and click on 'Search' or 'Go' or press the enter key on your keyboard. The search engine will list links to webpages which contain the words 'kite' or 'flying' or both. You can then look at each webpage in turn. Use the Back button to return to the search list. The first page contains the first ten or so links, which is usually enough. However, if you want to look further, scroll down to the bottom of the webpage to find a navigation bar:
picture of Navigation bar
Click on the 2 to see the second page of links. You can carry on as long as you want, but if none of the links is any good, try a new search with different words, or even a different search engine.

If you don't find what you want, try changing the key words, or adding more, and search again. If you type 'music' when you want 'Mozart', you will be overwhelmed by unwanted pop music links! Ways to narrow down or expand a search can vary from one search engine to another. Many search engines give tips on searching.

The amount of information on the internet is staggering, but it's not all good quality. When looking at any webpage, try to work out who put it there, and how reliable it is likely to be. If you don't like where you end up, use the Back button to back out. Many parents prefer to supervise their young children while on the internet in case they find unpleasant material. There are special search engines for children, such as http://www.askforkids.com

Web directories work in a different way. You chose the category and sub-category, and eventually end up with a list of link. Click on the coloured buttons on the left for this website's directory.

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