Searching for Web Addresses

Magnifying GlassA recent study by Inktomi and NEC Research shows that there are currently over two billion websites and and you want to get to just one. If you don’t the exact web address you can use a “search engine” to find it. Remember, the purpose is finding, not searching. Learn methods for successful searching to make your searching more efficient.

Search engines now give you the opportunity to search for websites, images, video, audio clips, music, blogs and more.

Parents, we strongly urge you to utilize the “parental controls” or “safe search” settings most search engines offer. This will help in preventing your child from accidentally seeing pornography. Kid safe search engines are listed at the bottom of this page.

Here’s a list of the most popular search engines and links to special pages that will offer search engine specific advice:

Yahoo!
Provides an interface for finding information, news, images, products, and local services. (Tips)

Ask
Provides to what you’re searching for faster! Just point your mouse on the Binoculars icon and a preview of the site will appear, saving you time and the hassle of clicking through search results to get what you want.
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Google
Doing a search on Google is easy. Simply type one or more search terms (the words or phrase that best describe the information you want to find) into the search box and hit the ‘Enter’ key or click on the Google Search button. (Tips)

AltaVista
Featuring web and newsgroup search engine as well as paid submission services. (Tips)

Lycos
Online destination site combining elements of navigation, community, and commerce. (Tips)

Excite
Provides search, news, email, personals, portfolio tracking, and other services. (Tips)

HotBot
Search engine that offers custom filters, skins, and access various other engines. (Tips)

AllTheWeb
Search engine which indexes web pages, as well as multimedia, audio, FTP, PDF, and MS Word files from around the world. (Tips)

LookSmart
Provider of commercial search listings products and graphical advertising products that help businesses generate cost-effective sales leads.

MSN Search
The new MSN Search makes it easier and faster to find just what you’re after. With results from MSN Music, MSN Encarta® and even your own desktop, MSN Search gives you all the tools you need to make the most of your time. (Tips)

IceRocket
Offers a metasearch search engine with thumbnail site previews and specialized tools for searching news, images, products, and more. (Tips)

Here’s a list of our favorite “kid safe” search engines:

Ask for Kids
Afast, easy and kid-friendly way for kids to search online. Designed to be a fun destination site focused on learning and “edu-tainment,” Ask for Kids uses natural-language technology that allows kids to ask questions and perform web searches, such as “When did Hawaii become a state?” or “What’s it like to live in space?”or even “Convert 122 inches into feet” in the same way they would ask a parent, friend or teacher.

Yahooligans!
Yahooligans! is a browsable, searchable directory of Internet sites for kids. Each site has been carefully checked by an experienced educator to ensure the content and links are appropriate for kids aged 7-12. In addition to our directory, we also have a number of fun features, including Yahooligans! Games, Sports and News pages, Movies, Animals, Science and Dinosaurs, a Reference section, Parents’ and Teachers’ Guides, a Cool page, and lots more. r searching news, images, products, and more.