What if you want to find a certain
site or a web site about a certain subject, but you don't know the
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
Glossary of terms
used so far:
browser - A computer program that helps people
use the Internet.
click - To quickly press and release the left
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 www.google.com.
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
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
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 www.yahoo.com.