Using a Search Engine


The internet is a big place with billions of websites on as many topics. To locate the website you’re looking for, you’ve to take the help of a search engine.

Here’s a quick step-by-step guide on how to use a search engine.

Figure out your search

A search engine isn’t a human. Think of a phrase or topic to initiate your search. For instance, if you want an answer to the question “What is the best way to paint my house?” a fine phrase will be “house painting tips”.

Streamline the search

Narrow down your search but keep it broad enough. A phrase like “house painting tips” would be too broad. The phrase is likely to return thousands of results. A phrase like “Indian house painting tips” will give you a more refined result. Again, too narrow a search like “18th century Indian house painting tips” won’t return many results.

Select a search engine

Selecting a search engine is entirely based on personal preferences. For novice searchers, it’s best to try out several engines so as to derive the best results.

Enter your query

Enter your query in the search box. Keep the phrase as short as possible and delete all irrelevant words. Don’t use any punctuation. Click on the search button usually located on the right-hand side of the box.

Peruse your results

Remember that search engines often place sponsored results at the top of the search results. Hence, the actual response of your query could be placed further down the page. It’s usually a better idea to scan the first few pages of your results ahead of clicking on a link for saving time in visiting a website that doesn’t give you the result you’ve been looking for.

Click on the most probable link

Click on the link you feel is the closest to your search. If it contains your answer, you don’t need to look further. If it doesn’t, click on the back button and try another result.

Look at other options

Even it after many results you aren’t finding your desired information, you can try other options. Try your search results in another search engine. You can also attempt a modified query. For instance, instead of writing “tips for painting 18th century Indian mansions”, how can try a comparatively easier search like “how to paint Indian mansions” or something similar. A mere alteration of the search phrase can give a completely new set of results.

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