Getting Comfortable With The Basics

Browser – Search Engines- Research Tools


A web browser or Internet browser is a software application for retrieving, presenting, and traversing information resources on the World Wide Web.

You can install and use more than one browser!

  • Chrome by Google – This is the fastest-growing browser and my personal favorite! 64%
  • Microsoft Edge – The default browser installed on all Windows computers. 4.5%)
  • Mozilla Firefox – An excellent optional browser used by many web surfers. 3%
  • Safari – The default browser on Apple Computers. 19%
  • Opera – 2%

Search Engine:

We use search engines to search for information on the World Wide Web. The search results are usually presented in a list of results and are commonly called hits. The information may consist of web pages, images, information, and other types of files.

Nearly 93% of all web traffic comes through search engines. Globally, Google accounts for 76% and 86% of desktop and mobile search traffic, respectively. Google accounts for 96.2% of all desktop search engine traffic in Brazil and 95.9% in India. Google processes 2 trillion searches a year.

You can choose from many Search Engines.

Research Tools:

  • Wikipedia – You might shun this online, open-source encyclopedia if you’ve ever been burned by prank entries or fudged facts. However, because anyone can edit Wikipedia, it’s a richer resource than Britannica for subjects off the beaten path, such as the 1960s underground press or rivethead subculture. Though it’s not the only source you should reference in term papers, at least Wikipedia gets you started.
  • Google Scholar – Google Scholar searches journals in the arts and humanities, business, science, medicine, and mathematics. t turns up abstracts and sometimes full articles indispensable for academic and professional research and points to libraries that keep hard copies.
  • Google Earth – Google Maps first made satellite views of the planet free on the Web. But the Google Earth download gets you closer, letting you fly around the globe, zoom in for a closer view, and add your landmarks with Google SketchUp. If research brings you back to the land, Google Earth is an essential ally. For instance, environmental ts fighting mountaintop removal mining used Google Earth to assemble a virtual tour of the damage done.

Definition of the word “default” when used about computers. A value that a program or operating system assumes or a course of action that a program or operating system will take when the user or programmer specifies no overriding value or action.

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