keywords: the most important words related to a subject, which you type into a search engine to find the information you want
precise: clear and exact
results page: the screen showing what a search site found in response to your keyword search
synonyms: two or more words with the same meaning or nearly the same meaning
alternative: a different way to say or do something
• SEARCH for the answer to their question using a single keyword – for example, dog.
• RECORD the total number of sites included in the search results. (The location of this number varies from search engine to search engine, although it is always located somewhere on the first search results page.)
• INVESTIGATE the top three sites on your results page to see if you can quickly find the answers to your questions.
• REPEAT the previous three steps, using two keywords. If the answers to their questions still do not appear in the first three search results, you should continue to add additional keywords until you find what they are looking for.
• WRITE the answers to your question. You should also note how many searches you had to do to find the answers, and how many keywords you used. Finally, you should write down the names of two sites from which you got answers.
The Challenge: Can you find the answers to the three questions with as few searches as possible?
Remember that you will need to choose your keywords carefully, using words that are accurate, relevant, and precise. You should group terms that go together in quotation marks (e.g., “Fancy Feast”).
Ready, set, search!
How does using synonyms or alternative phrases help when submitting a search?