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Search Basics: Web Search Essentials


Here's where you'll find how-to articles, tutorials, definitions, and the basics of searching the web. Learn more about the history of the web, common web search terms and tricks, and how to make your web search experience more enjoyable.
  1. Introduction to the Web
  2. Web Search 101
  3. Web Browsers
  4. The Web and the Internet
  5. Search Engines
  6. The Invisible Web
  7. Web Search Tools
  1. The Best Websites
  2. Google
  3. RSS
  4. Web Search Safety
  5. Research on the Web
  6. The Mobile Web
  7. Free Web Search Classes

Introduction to the Web

introduction to the web

What is the World Wide Web? When did it first get started? Find out the background and history of one of the most successful experiments of the twentieth century.

Web Search 101

web search 101

Take the mystery out of searching the web with web search basics: learn basic web search terms, walk through beginners' web search tutorials and how-to's, and get the hang of basic web search techniques.

Web Browsers


In order to search the web, you've got to have a web browser - a simple interface that makes it easier and more intuitive for web searchers to look at content on the web.

The Web and the Internet


How do the Web and the Internet fit together? What are the differences between the two?

Search Engines

Search engines are a great way to locate information quickly on the Web. There are many different types of search engines that you can use to find what you're looking for.

The Invisible Web

What is the Invisible Web? How can you find the Invisible Web? What makes the Invisible Web search engines and Invisible Web databases so special? Find out the answers to these questions and learn more about the Invisible Web.

Web Search Tools

Need to find something on the Web? Try this list of tools and helpful Web search tools.

The Best Websites

News, reference, gossip, maps, entertainment....here are the best Web sites in a variety of categories.


Google is the most popular search engine on the Web. Learn how to use Google to find what you're looking for, as well as explore all the incredibly useful peripheral services that Google has to offer Web searchers.


RSS, short for Really Simply Syndication, has revolutionized the Web search landscape. Find out more about RSS, feeds, and RSS readers.

Web Search Safety

Staying safe on the Web is especially important with children in the household. Learn how to stay safe while searching the Web.

Research on the Web

You'll find reference sites, educational research help, Internet research information, and more here in the About Web Search Educational Resources section.

The Mobile Web

More people than ever before in history are accessing the Web via some kind of mobile device. Learn more about the Mobile Web and how you can use it to search the Web.

Free Web Search Classes

Want to learn something new, in your own time, and in the comfort of your own home? Check out one of About Web Search's free classes on how to become a more efficient Internet user.

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