In the early days of the World Wide Web, the number of webpages was quite limited, and users were able to find the information they sought by moving from one page to another. But as the number of webpages grew exponentially, there was a need for a mechanism that would enable users to find the webpages that interest them more quickly and easily. Search engines were introduced to cover this need. A search engine is actually an online tool that is able to search for information on the web. Users submit queries that include keywords that describe the subject they are interested in, and the search engine sends back successive result pages that include links to webpages, images, and other types of files. One of ...

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