Learn Easy Steps: Conduct Internet Search

Learn: Easy Steps

Activity Card: Conduct Internet Search

How will you use the Internet to find specific or relevant information on a topic that you want to explore? One of the most important and basic functions of an Internet browser is its search capability. Search engines are tools that search for information on the Internet. You can use the web search engines to find out relevant information related to your business, like finding out the price of commodities in another city or the value of shares in the stock market.

Internet Search means to find specific information you want on the Internet. Internet Search usually involves:

  1. Starting an Internet browser
    Note: Browsers are software programs that allow you to move from one page to another on the Internet
  2. Conducting an Internet search
  3. Conducting an advanced Internet search
  4. Navigating or moving between web pages

How to Conduct an Internet Search

Select a Search Engine

  1. Start the web browser.
  2. Click to place your cursor in the Address or Location bar. Type “search engine.”
  3. Press the Enter key on your keyboard. You will notice that a list of popular web search engines will appear.
  4. Click on a web search engine that interests you.
    Note: If you are unable to decide which web search engine to select, you can take help from others you know who have already used some of the popular sites listed.
    Note: To select a web search engine, move your cursor over it. You will notice the cursor changes to a hand.

Conduct a Search

  1. In the Search box (the white empty box), type in words that will help the search engine find what you are looking for.
    Note: Type the words, separated by commas. For example, if you want information on the price of mobile phones in other cities, type “mobile phones, prices, Austin.”
  2. Press the Enter key on your keyboard. A list of popular websites related to the words you typed will appear.
  3. You will notice that there will be a short description about each web site. The words you typed will also appear in bold.
  4. Read the descriptions and click on a website that interests you.

Conduct an Advanced Search

  1. Go back to the web search engine page by clicking the Back button on the toolbar.
  2. You can specify your search by using the Boolean operators such as “AND,” “NOT,” and “OR.”
  3. In the Search box (the white empty box), type in words that will help the search engine narrow down your search.
  4. Type the words, separated by commas and combined with the word “AND”, “NOT” or “OR”.
    Note: The more words you combine using “AND,” the narrower the search. For example, if you want information on train reservation in a particular city, type “train AND reservation AND USA.” If you want to further narrow your search and want information only for a particular location, type “train AND reservation AND Portland NOT Chicago. If you want to expand your search and want results containing either one word or the other or both, then type “train AND reservation OR Portland OR Chicago”.
  5. Press the Enter key on your keyboard. A list of popular Websites related to the words you typed will appear.
  6. You will notice that there will be a short description about each Web site. The words you typed will also appear in bold.
  7. Read the descriptions and click on a Website that interests you.
  8. If you would like to visit this page or any Web site again, you can bookmark it.
  9. Click on a topic of your interest and read the information given.

Close Your Browser

  1. Click the Close button at the top-right corner of the browser window to exit.

Review Your Work

Make sure you try the following:

  • Start an Internet browser
  • Select a web search engine
  • Conduct an advanced search
  • Navigate or move between web pages
  • Exit the browser                                                

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