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How To: Internet Searching

Another one of my lessly favoured English assignments were 'How To' paragraphs. Again, not because I couldn't explain things, but because it was hard comming up with a topic. Nevertheless, I pulled off with this one, and earned an 'A' in grade 7.

PS: If you're here, you don't even need to be reading this.

How to Search Using the Internet
Heather Davis


Have you ever searched for some type of information for a project, essay, or what ever else you may have needed, only to find not a single thing, or to find outdated information? Perhaps you should try using the Internet to help you look for such information. All you need is the Internet and naturally, a computer. If you don't own a computer, you can try using the one in your local library. First, you will need to log on. Just tap the power switch and wait for the icons to show up on the screen. At this point, you will need to connect to the Internet. Some computers need to dial a number to connect, while others are always connected. If yours is always connected, skip this step. Otherwise, there should be an icon which when clicked, allows you to connect. Once you are connected to the Internet, open up an Internet browser. Usually, your computer will have either Netscape Navigator or Internet Explorer. Click on one to open it up. You should see a text bar at the top of the screen. This will allow you to go to different sites. Now, you will have to type a search site in the bar. Some good search sites to try would be: AltaVista.com, InfoSeek.com, and HotBot.com. Once the page loads, you'll be ready to search. Find the text bar on the page, and then type in what you're searching for. If it is more than one word, put quotation marks at the beginning of the first word and at the end of the last one. This is not required, but because it will make your search much more accurate, it is recommended. Next, tap the enter key and wait for the results. Then, use the scroll bar on the side of the page along with the next and previous buttons at the bottom of that page to navigate through the list. Sometimes, you will find what you need right away, while other times you may end up going through a few pages before you will find what you are looking for. Do not hesitate to try as many sites as you can. Sometimes, the information is hidden away on the sites, which at first glance don't look as though they're even about your search topic. Finally, once you see the page listing you like, just click on title and wait for the page to load. You're completely set up now! Searching online is one of the best ways to search for things. You can't expect a book to update itself, but you can expect the Internet to do so.