Search Topics  «Prev  Next»

Lesson 5 International language and site searching
Objective Search international Web sites in their native languages.

International Language and Site Searching

Up to now, you have been examining English-language directories and search engines that provide results in English from Web sites in the United States. If English is not your primary or only language, if you are reading this in a location outside of the United States, or if your information needs to involve topics and locations in other parts of the world, you may be feeling left out.
Shouldn't the World Wide Web have international Web sites in every country with Internet access, with information local to those countries? And shouldn't you be able to search for and locate them? It does--and you can! In fact, you have several options:

Language options in searching services

Some search services like AltaVista and Google provide a dropdown menu of languages (and Google allows you to set language options). This is useful both to restrict results to English-language sites and to return search results (and the Web documents and Web sites they represent) in other Roman-character languages (such as French, German, and Portuguese) and non-Roman-character languages (like Korean, Greek, and Russian). These options also allow you to compose your search query in the same language.

International versions of popular searching services

If you are already familiar with the appearance and capabilities of one of the popular directories or search engines, you might want to try one of their international versions.
Here are a few examples:
  1. Yahoo! Denmark

Independent international directories and search engines

Here are a few examples of independent international directories and search engines:
  1. Yahoo (Brazil)
  2. Google (Finland)
Viewing and searching non-Roman alphabet sites may require you to install interpretive software on your computer. Otherwise, the codes used to represent letters and characters will appear foreign to you.