When you know the name of an organization or the Web address you want to locate, accessing the site is easy and straightforward. When you want to locate information about topics from a variety of sources, finding sites for businesses, journals, and other sources presents a greater challenge because of the large number of sites available on the Internet. There are several Web sites with search capabilities called search engines, programs that search for keywords in files and documents or other Web sites found on the Internet.
Internet Explorer includes a search capability called Search Companion that connects to many popular search engines. The Search Companion task pane assists in your search for topics by locating sites that may contain the information you are seeking. In this activity, you will search the Internet for topics related to student financial aid.
Activity 1.10. Searching the Internet
On the Standard Buttons toolbar, click the Search button , and then compare your screen to Figure 1.26.
The Search Companion pane is the default search tool. You can select an alternative search tool by clicking Change Preferences and then Change Internet search behavior.
In the Search Companion box, type "student financial aid" including the quotation marks, and then near the bottom of the task pane, click the Search button or press . Compare your screen with Figure 1.27.
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You can begin a search by typing a single word, a phrase, a question, or a statement. Typing student financial aid without the quotation marks directs the Search Companion to look for three different terms. Placing the text in quotation marks ensures that the Search Companion looks for sites that contain the entire phrase. You can see that the number of sites found during this particular search that contain the phrase "student financial aid" is quite large.
Internet Explorer displays links to the Web sites in a ranked order based on the quality and quantity of the content at the Web sites it returns. Several factors are considered, such as how closely the site matches the search phrase, the number of references to the search text contained in the site, the number of other links to that site, and how recently the site has been updated.
In the Search Companion task pane, under Sponsored Links, click the first link. Compare your screen to Figure 1.28.
Sponsored links are sites that pay to be displayed as results at a search engine site. Sponsored links are frequently placed near the top of the search engine results page so they are easily seen and clicked. Sponsored links generally are commercial sites, so they stand to gain from increasing traffic to their Web site.
On the Standard Buttons toolbar, click the Back button to return to your search results. Under Web Results, scroll as necessary and then click the link for Student Guide: Financial Aid from the U.S. Department of Education.
On the Standard Buttons toolbar, click the Back button to return to your search results. In the Search Companion task pane, scroll as necessary to locate and then click Automatically send your search to other search engines.
On the search results list, scroll down the list and notice that there is a variety of types of Web sites included.
In the Search Companion task pane, click Send search to more search engines to further refine your search results.
On the Standard Buttons toolbar, click the Search button to close the task pane, and then click the Home button .
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