Vocabulary for search engines, search results and web addresses
A computer program that searches documents on the internet, for a specified word or words and provides a list of websites in which they are found.
Web address URL
A URL is the web address of an online resource. In a search result it appears below the search result heading (green font). In an internet browser window it appears in the web address bar at the top of the screen.
The space on the computer screen where you type in keywords in order to conduct a search. Also called a search bar.
Words entered into the search box of a search engine. These words are used to generate a list of suggested websites which match the query. Also called 'key words' or 'keyword query'.
A word which has the same, or nearly the same meaning as another word.
The icon that appears in a search engine which, when clicked, commences the search for keywords
Search result heading
The first line of a search result. It appears in blue font with the keywords of the search, or synonyms, highlighted in bold font. If you click on this line, it acts as a hyperlink and takes you to the website listed below.
Web address bar
The space at the top of an internet browser where the URL or web address for the website appears.
Two lines of text (black font) that appear in a search result to tell you more about the information available on the website. Keywords or synonyms are highlighted in bold font. Also called a website summary.
A word, phrase, picture, icon, etc., on which an internet user may click to move to another part of the website or to a different website.
The title of the website. It may or may not be named after the organisation who maintain the website.
The three letters that follow after the domain name. This gives you a hint to the type of website that hosts and publishes the website. Examples include: .com, .edu, .gov, and .org
Country code extension
The two letters following the domain extension. It indicates the website's country of origin. Examples include: .au (Australia), .uk (United Kingdom), and .nz (New Zealand). Note, because the internet began in the USA, most American websites do not have a country code.
The symbol ( / ) that separates part of a URL , often a indicating separate page or pages within a website "Everything after it takes you to the exact page, everything before it takes you to the home page."
Web page title
The name of an individual web page within a website. It can be accessed from the website's home page by using a hyperlink.
A collection of information about a website which is provided by a search engine. It includes the search result heading, URL, and snippet. It may also include other information such as date, author's by-line, file format, and /or an image.