The World Wide Web in Plain English
About the Internet
Media & Software at ACC
The typical use of the Library Research Stations include accessing the Library Catalog and conducting online research. There are other computer labs on campus with additional software and additional permissions to allow students to run their own software.
apps [video] - specialized programs available for phones, tablets and other mobile divices.
browser [video] - the software you use to look at websites
cloud computing [video] - the practice of storing files and other information on remote servers and sites instead of your own computer.
database - a searchable collection of electronic resources (often articles)
Google Apps - a collection of tools from Google including Gmail, Docs, and Calendar
Google Docs / Google Drive) [video] - Google's cloud-based word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software
keywords - the words you use to search for your topic, also called search terms. Choosing your keywords carefully will give you better search results.
internet [video] - often used interchangably with world wide web, the internet is millions of computers all over the world that can communicate with each other
hardware [video] - the physical parts of a computer
software [video] - the code that makes the computer run
search engine [video] - search engines identify and retreive information that meets specific criteria
Protecting yourself online
Frequently Asked Questions
Page Editor: Steve Self 5/2/2013