...\n\nResearch is what goes on in a scientific laboratory, where work is done to learn something new, not previously described or published. It's difficult and time consuming. Searching the internet for already published information is called 'looking up stuff'. It isn't research. Unfortunately, I too often see people misuse the term research, when they really mean 'look up alternative (ie wrong) facts' that are consistent with a fondly held but wrong conspiracy theory.\n\n...\n\nSame as "theory" used by the general public. Certainly not a scientific theory but a speculation by that public person, guessing.