A search engine is a website that allows you to type in words and phrases (search terms) and search the internet for other websites that contain those words and phrases. Search engines all work in a similar way, although they rank the results of searches by different criteria. Here are some popular search engines.
By being specific about word order and connections you can get a more relevant result set. You can also search for images in Google either clicking on the word 'Images' at the top of a results page or by going to the advanced image search page.
The OU Library's Being digital has a section devoted to Effective searching.
The OU Library has a wealth of other useful information to help you improve your online searching, including
- how to link your OU identity to Google scholar
- finding journals
- finding ebooks
- finding selected resources for your study
To search through the OU Library website itself, use their library search page.