Linear search is a simple algorithm. It loops through items until the query has been found, which makes it a linear algorithm - the complexity is O(n), where n is the number of items to go through.
Why O(n)? In worst-case scenario, you have to go through all of the n items.
It can be compared to looking for a book in a stack of books - you go through them all until you find the one that you want.
Below is a Python implementation:
def linear_search(searchable_list, query): for x in searchable_list: if query == x: return True return False linear_search(['apple', 'banana', 'carrot', 'fig', 'garlic'], 'fig') #returns True