What do you need to follow this guide?

 A laptop, desktop, tablet or mobile device that is connected to the internet.

What is a search engine?

A search engine is a website that helps you find information or other websites on the internet.

A search can come up with thousands of results, with the most popular or relevant websites closer to the top of the list.

To get a better search result, you can add more keywords or try out different keywords. 

Keywords are important. For example, using the keywords ‘pet stores Fremantle’ will help you find a pet store in Fremantle. If you use 'pet stores' you will probably get results from pet stores all over the world.

Which search engine should I use?

The most popular search engine is Google. It has a simple search box on a white background. It also has sections where you can search specifically for images, news or videos.

Other popular search engines are Ask.com, Bing and Yahoo!

How to search using Google

  1. Open your browser and go to www.google.com.au.
  2. There will be a search box on the page. Type in what you are searching for, then hit the “Enter” key or click on the “Google Search” button.
  3. Google will look for websites containing the keywords you searched for and bring up a list of search results for you. The most relevant results will be at the top.
  4. If you see the information or website you’re after, click on it and you will be taken to that site.
  5. If you don’t see the results you want, trying searching again using slightly different keywords.

Most other search engines work the same way.

4 tips for using a search engine

  1. Make your keywords as relevant as possible to what you’re searching for
  2. Use two or more keywords in your search
  3. Make sure you spell the keywords correctly
  4. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, try using different keywords or using a different search engine.


Search engines give you easy access to a whole world of information. By using a search engine, you will always be able to find the answers you need.