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Research Process: Searching the Web

This tutorial aims to help develop effective library research skills and critical thinking skills in all courses at Prince George's Community College.

Searching the Web

The World Wide Web (WWW) is one of the most used Internet applications and contains a variety of information resources. It is an information system based on hypertext and hypermedia with Uniform Resource Locators (URL), which are addresses that allow users to move from document to document within the computer network.

This system allows users to view documents that often include formatted text, graphics, audio, and video. To get an understanding of basic Internet terminology click on Basic Internet Terms.

While the Web has a vast amount of information such as current news, government organizations, and links to libraries, it is important to understand that the WWW does not contain everything and all information is not factual. Additionally, it is important to note that some resources are proprietary or fee based.To effectively do research using the WWW, you should understand the tools to search, the Web's content, its organization, and its strengths and weaknesses.

"History of the Internet" is an animated documentary explaining the inventions from time-sharing to filesharing, from Arpanet to Internet.

"Digital Life: Today & Tomorrow" shows 15 key facts and conclusions to know the future of the Internet in 2015.