Meaning and types of search engine with Examples of search engines


Meaning and types of search engine with Examples of search engines

Class :







Week 2


Reference Materials: 


Instructional Materials

  • Pictures
  • Wall charts
  • Computer




Previous Knowledge:

The pupils have previous knowledge of basic   definition of Agricultural science


Behavioural Objectives:  At the end of the lesson, the pupils should be able to

  • Define Search Engine
  • Mention five uses of the search engine.
  • Explain how a Search Engine is different from a web directory?
  • Differentiate between a search engine and a WWW.







TOPIC: The internet III

CONTENT:    First Period:

(a) Meaning of search engine

(b) Examples of search engines





Second period:

(c) Uses of Search Engines

Meaning and types of search engine with Examples of search engines.

A search engine is a type of software that helps you find information on the internet. There are many different types of search engines, but the most popular ones are Google, Yahoo, and Bing. Each search engine has its own algorithms (or rules) for how it ranks websites.

The word “search engine” can also refer to the entire website that provides the search functionality. For example, when you type a query into Google, the results page that appears is the Google search engine.

Most search engines allow you to specify what kind of information you’re looking for. For example, if you want to find images of cats, you can use a search engine to search for “cat pictures.”

There are two main types of search engines: web-based and enterprise-based.

Web-based search engines are the most common type. They allow users to search for information on the entire internet. Google, Yahoo, and Bing are all web-based search engines.

Enterprise-based search engines are designed for use within a single company or organization. They allow users to search for information that is stored on the company’s internal network, such as employee contact information or customer records.

Examples of enterprise-based search engines include Microsoft SharePoint and IBM Watson Explorer.

Search engines are an essential tool for finding information on the internet. When you use a search engine, you’re using one of the most powerful tools available for finding the information you need.

Sub-Topic 1: Meaning of Search Engine

What is a search engine?

A Search Engine is a program that finds Web sites and Web pages. Search engine is a tool for locating information on the internet by topic. In other words, it is a site on the WWW, with the help of which you can search for others website. Search engines are particularly helpful in locating Web pages about certain topics or in locating specific pages for which you do not know the exact Web address. A search engine is more effective than a web directory because it matches your information (keywords) to the web pages listed in its index and then displays only on those sites that are relevant and match your criteria.

A web search engine is an interactive tool to help people locate information available via the World Wide Web. Examples of search engines are,,, Netscape navigator, Askjeeves, Lycos, Mozilla firefox, Internet explorer, etc.

AOL Search
Ask Jeeves
MSN Search


Sub-Topic 2: Use of Search Engines

Search Engines can be used to:

  • Easily find and download information on any topic
  • Get definition of words, acronyms etc.
  • Carry out research.
  • Used to find images, pictures and sound
  • Search for information about people, places and product

Steps to use a Search Engine:

  1. Open a web browser
  2. In the address bar, type the website of a search engine e.g.
  3. In the search textbox, type any one of the following:
  • Definition of search engine (b) definition of internet
  1. Click on the Search button


Type the URL (Uniform Resource Locator) of the search engine e.g ( in the address bar of the browser and press the Enter Key on your keyboard. You can use the search engine by entering a query (or question) in the search bar of the search engine and press the Enter Key on the keyboard.


  1. Define Search Engine
  2. Mention five uses of the search engine.
  3. How is a Search Engine different from a web directory?
  4. Differentiate between a search engine and a WWW. 
  5. What is a search engine?


  6.  What are the different types of search engines?


  7.  How do search engines work?


  8.  What are the most popular search engines?


  9.  What are the differences between general and specialized search engines?


  10.  How do I choose a good search engine?


  11.  What are the benefits of using a search engine?


  12.  What are the risks of using a search engine?


  13.  How can I make sure my website is indexed by a search engine?


  14.  What is SEO and how can it help my website?




Students are to surf the internet or check page 16 of their textbook (Handbook on Computer Studies book 3) to explain any 5 search engines they know.