A search engine is a software that was mainly developed to look out for certain information on the internet. After entering the questionable fact and starting the system, a person usually gets a list of results. But note, that those search engines do not only give you informations but they also change the informations by ranking the results, based on their algorythms. Therefor it is very important to state that no research engine is truly neutral.
There are however different categories of search engines. The most notables would be Google, Bing and Yahoo. Those softwares were developed to suit the purpose of searching the internet. But today, nearly every writting or reading program has its own search engine. Those can for example be used to look for the number of how many times a certain word inside a written text has been used or the exact place of an expression in the text.
KEMMAN, Max / KLEPPE, Martijn / SCAGLIOLA, Stef, Just Google It. Digital Research Practices of Humanities Scholars, in:http://wiki.lib.sun.ac.za/images/7/7f/Just-google-it.pdf (Stand: 6. März 2016).« Back to Glossary Index