What is a search engine?
Our sites search engine which is provided by Google and is
designed to search for information from within the council's
website and then display a list of possible results. Up to 10
results will be displayed at any one time with the most relevant
pages being displayed nearer the top of the list.
The search can be accessed in the top right on the majority of
our pages and looks like this:
Why we use a search engine
As the council's website has approximately 10,000 individual
pages covering a wide area of topics it's important that
visitors are given the option to use a search engine to enable them
to find relevant content quickly.
How do I use the search engine?
Searching is simple, just type whatever you're looking
for in to the search box and click the
Search button. The search engine will then
search the entire website for content that's relevant to
Improving the search results
Keep it simple - Try and simplify your search terms by using as
little words as possible, for example using "bus routes"
instead of "bus times from Scunthorpe to Brigg on a Wednesday
afternoon" is likely to return a more helpful set of
Think how the page you are looking for might be written - for
example use "bin collection dates" instead of "when
will by bin be collected?"
Use the in-search help - If any word in your
search term has been misspelled or a better the search engine knows
of a better word to use you will be prompted with the following
message "Did you mean: library?". Simply select the
link displayed to automatically search for the new term.