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Getting online and searching the web

These will not prevent access to sites, but will enable you to make an informed decision on whether to visit them. You type relevant ‘keywords’ into a search engine, which then looks for pages throughout the internet that contain those words and thus might hold the answer to your question. Broadband gives you much faster access to the internet, allowing you to download large files quickly, such as video and music. Broadband is constantly connected, so you don’t have to wait for a connection to be made when you want to use the internet. Make sure you have the right computer and software to work with any chosen ISP as some ISPs require specific browsers and some services don’t work with AppleMac hardware or software. To get some connection speeds you’ll need a specific modem.

Read the help or search tips when you are using any of the Search Engines listed below, because many people only look at the first 10 ‘hits’ on any retrieved lists. Develop a clear understanding of what you need from your information search. Be clear whether you are looking for general information or something very specific. These are a string of letters and punctuation in a set format. This is usually done by clicking on te respective icon at the bottom of your screen. Web browsers usually start with a search page – often Google or Bing.

Help with getting online

Some websites carry unwanted adware, spyware, and other malicious software. To find information on the internet you need a starting point – a search engine. Some of the best known ones are Google, Bing and Yahoo. If you have a question about a government service or policy, you should contact the relevant government organisation directly.

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  • Search engines normally offer you a choice between a UK-only or worldwide search.

All local and mobile libraries have computers with free internet access – you can book half hour or hourly sessions. Contact your local library for more information about this free service. Use the following link to get contact details for your local library or to book a computer session through Libraries NI camplvad.com website. Note that some search engine only search for exactly the words you enter in the search box and do not offer “stem” or “wildcard” word searching . If in doubt enter both singular and plural, e.g. “airline” and “airlines”. Read the “hints and tips” information for each of the different search engines.

What is Search engine

Using what is known as Boolean operators – the words AND, OR and NOT can make a big difference to the results of your search. URL is an acronym for Uniform Resource Locator (pronounced YU-AHR-EHL) is the address of a computer file or resource accessible on the Internet. Sometime you may find reference to URI or URN which are the same as URL. When you use a computer for the first time there are two things you will need to do early on – send and receive email and search for things on the internet. Installing filtering software on your computer is another way of helping to protect you from offensive or illegal websites. Guides covering some tips and techniques for providing remote support to learners, an increasingly important service in times of social isolation.