Web Searches can be very useful BUT the search is only ONE RESOURCE available when researching. Thorough research should include other forms of information such as primary and secondary resources, print media ( books, brochures, journals, magazines, newspapers), interviews, surveys and observations or experimentation.
Internet search sites can search enormous databases of Web pages, using titles, keywords or text. You can maximize the potential of search engines by learning how they work, and how to use them quickly and effectively.
A successful Internet search can take several tries. But remember: it’s estimated that there are between 300 and 900 million documents online - with no master system for organizing this information! No wonder effective searches take know how, patience and ingenuity.
Research is the systematic investigation into and study of materials and sources in order to establish facts and reach new conclusions.
There are many types and reason for research but two types are most important: Basic Research is inquiry aimed at increasing knowledge and Applied research is effort aimed at using basic research for solving problems or developing new processes, products, or techniques.
Good research or investigation into a topic should include both web based resources and a variety of other sources.
A browser is a tool to help you access the Internet. Check out this video....
Many of us use the words "Internet" and "The Web" interchangeable, but is there a difference?
Yes! There is a difference
The most popular service accessed through the Internet is the World Wide Web (WWW). The Web and the Internet are often considered to be synonymous but actually represent two different things. The Internet is the means for accessing information, the Web is composed of the visual display of the information being accessed. Web pages are collections of files and documents stored on computers around the world, formatted in a programming language called HTML (hypertext markup language). This permits users to move between them by clicking on highlighted areas, called hyperlinks, or links for short. The Web is navigated using a technology called hypertext. Hypertext is a name for documents containing embedded pathways that, when clicked, direct users to other documents. These “links” can come in the form of words, phrases, icons or graphics, and create interconnectedness between files and documents, giving character to the image of the World Wide Web as a “web.”
Did you know: There is a vast section of the Internet which is hidden and not accessible through regular search engines and web browsers. This part of the Internet is known as the Deep Web, and it is about 500 times the size of the Web that we know.
Google Web Search is the primary feature of Google that allows you to search for content across the entire web, and returns results for relevant websites, images, videos, news, maps, products and more.
Using Google Web Search is easy — just go to the Google home page and perform a search. Below are additional resources about using Google search:
The extensions on Web addresses, called top-level domains, sometimes serve as an indication of the site's origin or purpose.
Below you'll find some of the more popular domain extensions and the domain extension meaning.
.COM (Commercial) - Generally intended for commercial use. By far the most recognized domain name extension.
.NET (Network) - This was originally intended for network oriented sites such as internet service providers. This definitely isn't the case any longer. People will register .NET domains for commercial use, generally if the .COM extension isn't available or if they'd like to protect their main .COM domain by registering all available extensions.
.ORG (Organization) - This domain extension was originally intended for non-profit or trade organizations. Again, this is no longer the case and is generally registered by anyone looking to protect their main domain by registering all available domain extensions or simply because a better extension isn't available for registration.
.BIZ (Business) - This is generally registered to classify their website as a business. Although it's not a commonly recognized extension.
.US (United States) - This generally refers to US based companies. Although the domain has been out for quite some time now it's possible to find some very good domain names with this extension.
.INFO (Informational) - This is generally used as an extension for informational websites.
.MOBI (Mobile) - is primarily reserved for website built for displaying on mobile devices.
.TV (Television) - used primarily for media, primarily video, related websites.
.ME (ME) - generally used for personal related websites such as family websites or blogs another use would be to create a very memorable personal email address.
.NAME (NAME) - This is intended for personal use. You'll find that this extension is used for personal / family websites or simply used for name related email addresses.
.GOV - Government websites
The first .com was claimed on March 15, 1985 by a computer manufacturer called Symbolics, Inc.
The first Web address ever registered, symbolics.com, still remains online. Once owned by a computer development company, the site now serves as a digital memorial to the Internet's history.
Just like books, which have an ISBN (International Standard Book Number) to define them,
Internet sites have an ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) to define them
Website: A collection of webpages that belong to one domain or owner.
Webpage: A single document viewable through a web browser.
Web Address: Identifying address for a file or webpage on the Internet. Typing this address into a browser allows access to the file or information. Another name for the web address is URL (Uniform Resource Identifier).
Search Engine: A program to help you find webpages on the Internet. Search engines search an Index of the Internet. Examples of search engines are Google, Bing, Yahoo and Ask. Search engines allow users to enter search terms known as keywords, which can be either words or phrases. The act of conducting a keyword search is called a search query.
Web Directory: A Web directory organizes Web sites by subject, and is usually maintained by humans instead of software. The searcher looks at sites organized in a series of categories and menus. These collections of links are usually much smaller than search engines' databases