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1.2.3 How to use search engines

Most search engines are fairly simple and user friendly. By far the easiest to use is Google, which is not dominated by advertising and is largely text based. Most search engines work in a similar way.

Enter the information you are looking for into a form that looks something like this.

Figure 3
Figure 3 Using the search box

As a demonstration you can search within Google if you like. Click on the link to Google from the previous sentence. Note that when you have finished with the results, closing the window with Google in it will bring you back to this page.

Click your mouse in the Google search box and type university. Then press the Search button, or the Enter key on your keyboard, to get a list of results that match your search term.

Different search engines rank the results of searches by different criteria.


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