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Search engines are not the only way to find information on the Internet. Many websites have their own search facility to help you find information within their sites.
In this activity, you'll find out how to search for information on websites.Start activity
So what's the difference?
A search engine...
- searches for information on the whole internet
- groups the results into websites, images, videos, etc
- will recognise a word if you spell it incorrectly.
A website search...
- only gives results from that website
- groups all results together into a single list
- doesn't usually suggest alternatives for misspelt words.
Searching for information on a website
Let's consider the ABC website.
It has lots of information about things like news, sport, TV, radio and weather. But if you can't see what you're looking for on the homepage, what do you do?
What if you're just looking for information about a TV program, for example 'Australian Story'?
You could use the search facility on the website - let's find out how.
Select the search box
First you would select the Search box in the top right-hand corner of the website.
Enter the search words
Next, you'd type australian story into the search box and select the search icon.
Just like search engines, the search icon is usually a magnifying glass to the right of the search box.
Selecting from the results
Next, just like using a search engine, you'd select the page you want from the results.
Arriving at the page.
Finally, the Australian Story page is displayed.
If you wanted to return to the ABC home page you could select the ABC logo in the top left corner.
Well done, you've reached the end of the Searching websites activity.
In this activity we've seen how to search for information on a specific website.
In the next activity, Saving images and files, you'll find out how you can save things that you find online.