Search Engines

Google is an example of a search engine.

When you enter your search in a search engine, its spiders and robots search within its own database of Web pages (called its cache) for the keywords you enter, wherever they appear on a Web page.

So, each search engine searches the part of the Web it has collected — not the whole Web — and each search engine has a somewhat different database.

Note that Google automatically inserts AND between terms.

Use Help Screens for more advanced search tips.




Use search engines:

  • to find specific terms or phrases
  • to find well-known entities, such as IBM or government agencies
  • to find news, travel and shopping services

Other search engines include: AlltheWeb, Alta Vista, Bing.


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Original InfoRM material © 2011 by the Liberty University Jerry Falwell Library. This tutorial incorporates material from SBU Library Research Guide, a tutorial developed by the Stony Brook University Libraries, © 2004, from Inflite, a tutorial developed by IUPUI, © 2003, from Searchpath, a tutorial developed by the Western Michigan University Library, © 2001-2002, and from TILT, a tutorial developed by the Digital Information Literacy Office for the University of Texas System Digital Library, © 1998-2002. This material may be reproduced, distributed, or incorporated, provided that appropriate credit is given.