browse

Prepared by Elisabeth Lindsay.

To browse is the act of casual looking or reading, simply to see what's there. On the Internet, this means reviewing, scanning, or looking through information presented through a web browser, an Internet application (or window) through which information is presented.

Browsing on the Internet is similar to browsing the shelves of a library, just to see what's there and what might catch your attention. A fair amount of genealogy is serendipity, the seemingly accidental discovery of important information -- this is the benefit of browsing. While researchers might have a particular objective in mind as they browse, keeping the mind -- and eyes -- open to new discoveries can yield positive results. Browsing can bring to attention relevant information or titles that were previously unrecognized.

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