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Lesson 6

Search Engine Conclusion

Representative search sites in each of the major categories of information retrieval services has been discussed in this module. In this module, you have viewed some of the types of information stored in Web sites.
You have toured representative search sites in each of the major categories of information retrieval services. You have learned about some of the challenges to finding information on the Web, and you have seen typical search results pages from both a directory and a search engine.
Now that you have finished this module, you should be able to:
  1. List various reasons people search the Internet
  2. Describe the different categories of information retrieval services
  3. Identify information on a search results page
  4. Explain why you need a search strategy


This module introduced you to the following new terms:
  1. Directory: A database containing indexed Internet Web pages and returning lists of results which match queries.
    Directories (also known as Catalogs) are normally compiled by hand, accept user submissions, and involve an editorial selection and breakdown into hierarchical categories.
  2. FTP archive
  3. Gopher
  4. Hypertext link
  5. Metasearch engine
  6. Robot
  7. Search engine
  8. Search query
  9. Subject page
  10. Usenet
  11. WAIS
The next module will discuss the workings of directories and search engines in more detail.
You will make some simple searches and compare the results of searches in similar and different categories of search sites.
Internet Search Quiz
Click the Quiz link below to review some topics that we have covered in this module.
Internet Search Quiz