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Questions to consider:

  • What is the internet?

  • What is the world wide web?

  • What is a browser?

  • What is a search engine?

  • How do search engines search the web?




Web Search Strategies video

Click on the link below to watch a short video that explains how to do a web search:


Web Search Strategies in Plain English




Understanding Databases


Questions to consider after watching "Databases" videos:

  • What’s the message here--what does this suggest databases are useful for?
  • What is the difference between a database and the world wide web?
  • When would you use a database and when would use the world wide web?


Access to databases:

WHS Library website


Popular search engines:





Think about these questions before you choose your search tool.

1. Is the open web the right tool?

2. What type of source is likely to contain the information I need?

3. Where am I likely to find this information?

4. What terms are likely to appear on the page I am looking for?



  • when using a search engine you are only accessing the sites that the search engine has indexed. If a site is not indexed it is inaccessable to you.

  • IN OTHER WORDS, not everything that exists on the web is searchable and retrievable using Google or other search engines.



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