Search Engines


Search engines are handy tools that help you find information on part of the Web - not the whole Web.

Google page

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Each search engine uses software (called spiders or robots) to compile a database of pages found on the publicly accessible Web. When you enter a search, the search engine scans its own database of Web pages for the keywords you enter, wherever they appear on a Web page.

So, each search engine searches only the part of the Web it has collected and each search engine has a somewhat different database.

Other search engines include:  Bing, HotBot, and Teoma.

Use search engines to find:

specific terms or phrases

well-known entities, such as IBM or government agencies

news, travel and shopping services