What if you want to find a certain web site or a web site about a certain subject, but you don't know the URL?

In that case, you'll need to go to a special kind of web site called a search engine.  A search engine is a web site that searches for other web sites.  There are hundreds of search engines, and they all search in slightly different ways. Two of the most popular search engines are Google and Yahoo!.

All search engines have a text box:

To use a search engine, click on the text box to make an insertion point appear in it, then type in the subject you are looking for.  Next, click on the "Search" button (or hit the "Enter" key).  In a few seconds, the search engine will show you a page--or maybe several pages--of links to web sites that match your subject.  Just click on the links that interest you!


Glossary of terms used so far:
  • browser - A computer program that helps people use the Internet.
  • click - To quickly press and release the left mouse button.
  • dialog box - A small box that pops up on screen to give you information.  You must respond to a dialog box by clicking on a button.
  • drag - To move an onscreen object by putting the pointer over it, holding the mouse button down, and moving the pointer.
  • Google - A popular search engine.  Its URL is
  • Google Chrome - A browser.
  • graphics - Pictures.
  • HTTP - Hypertext Transfer Protocol; the way computers communicate on the World Wide Web.
  • highlighted text - Text with a different background color. This sentence is highlighted.
  • insertion point - A little blinking line that shows you where the next letter you type will appear. 
  • Internet Explorer - A browser.
  • link - A connection to another web page.  (Sometimes called a "hyperlink.")
  • location toolbar - The browser toolbar that contains a text box.
  • navigation toolbar - The browser toolbar that contains the "Back" and "Forward" buttons.
  • Mozilla Firefox - A browser.  Firefox is an updated version of Netscape Navigator.
  • pointer - The little arrow that moves around the computer screen when the mouse is moved.
  • Safari - A browser.
  • scroll - To move a web page up and down on the computer screen.
  • scroll bar - A bar that appears at the edge of the computer screen when a web page is too large to fit on the screen.
  • search engine - A web site that searches for other web sites.
  • slider - Part of a scroll bar; the box that moves up and down as a web page is scrolled.
  • text - Letters and numbers.
  • text box- A white box that you can type things into.
  • toolbar - A group of tools to help you use the Internet.  Toolbars are part of a browser.
  • URL - The address of a web page.  Pronounced "earl," URL stands for Uniform Resource Locator.
  • web page - A computer file that looks like a printed page when viewed with a browser.
  • web site - A group of related web pages.
  • World Wide Web - The part of the Internet that can be viewed with a browser.
  • Yahoo! - A popular search engine.  Its URL is