Searching websites


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Searching websites

Holiday preparation is happening with a map, a hat and a hotel search on a mobile phone

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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.

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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.
A magnifying glass icon on a computer screen

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.

Shows the ABC iview website with the search box highlighted and magnified

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.

Shows the ABC iview website with the term Australian Story typed into the search box
Shows the ABC iview website with an episode of Australian Story selected with the option to go to the Australian Story website

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.

The Australian Story homepage on a computer
Someone searches for flights online on their laptop


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.