Focus Question- What are search engines and how do they work?
Basically, all search engines customize explorations of the web using keywords which are words or phrases used by search engines to locate matching web ages. By using keywords it limit searches by focusing on specific categories, narrowing a search to specific rather then genera categories. There are search engines available for both general and specialized searching. Each kind of search engine allows you to restrict or expand your searching criteria. and provides you with tips on modifying your searches to try to make sure you get all you'll need. The most popular search engine currently is google with others like Yahoo!, Bing, MSN, AOL, and Ask close behind. Even with these, teachers and students benefit more form directly focused academic topics, educational standards, and learning materials. Two really good specialized search engines are Flickr and LibriVox, which allows you to locate photo and audio resources on the web.
Search engines are a useful tool to use to gather information. Using keywords you can narrow down the websites shown to you to only the ones that would be useful to you. As valuable as those general search engines are, teachers and students benefit more from search tools that focus on academic topics and LibriVox is a good example of that.
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