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What is a search engine?

A search engine is an online tool that looks for Web pages that match keywords you specify.


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About search engines

The purpose of a search engine is to give people the ability to research Web sites all over the Internet for a topic or resource that they are seeking.

Search engines normally have Web sites that include a text box where you type in the keyword or term you want to search for. When you type your keyword and click the Search or Go button, the Web site will display a list of all the matching Web pages it found.

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