Using a computer connected to a telecommunications network, like the Internet, to do research at a distance. Harris has identified six purposes for students to use the Internet in their research activities. - To practice information seeking skills - To become informed about a topic of inquiry and/or answer a question - To review multiple perspectives on an issue - To generate data needed to explore a topic - To solve authentic problems - To publish synthesized and/or critiqued information overviews for other students to use