Watch the short video to the right (in the “Watch” tab) to learn how Google searches the web.
Finding information on the web often starts with search. The most used search engine with the largest index is Google.com, but there are others, like Microsoft’s Bing.com, Ask.com, and Yahoo.com. Let’s try some searches. We want to search for one of the periodicals that you found in the library and see if it has a web page. How would you search for a local newspaper or magazine on the internet?
One way is to look through the paper copy and see if there is information about its web site; most newspapers as well as radio and television stations advertise their web sites. If you find a web address, you can type it directly into your browser’s address bar (that long bar at the top of your browser window that starts with “http:// …,“ which is an internet address).
But we want to practice searching, so let’s “Google” it. Remember to be as specific as possible. Since we know the title of the magazine or newspaper, try putting the exact title in quotation marks in the search box. Click the “Try it” tab to the right and type your search in the Google search bar. Copy the result for the correct entry, then move on to lesson 3.