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Using the Internet for Research

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Welcome to WebScene Serious Student Research Guide. This is a tutorial (of sorts) to introduce you to the wonderful world of Internet research. You'll save hours of library time, find interesting and extremely current professional and scholarly writings on a vast array of topics from around the world, and be able to order the full text of articles you need, all from the comfort of your own home (or classroom).

A few matters of interest before we begin . . .

1. For newbies -- Clicking on any item of highlighted text will immediately transport you to that location, where you may proceed with such tasks as reviewing information, downloading software, linking to other locations, etc.

2. In order to make full use of the Internet for research purposes, you'll need a web browser such as Netscape, a compatible Telnet program, such as NCSA Telnet, and a measure of patience. (This of course, in addition to your computer, monitor, modem and communication software.)

3. If you already know what you're doing, skip immediately to GCC Research Tools or Laurie's Library for hefty lists of links to all kinds of great research sites.

THE INTERNET DEFINED

The Internet can be defined as a worldwide collection of computer networks that store vast amounts of information and can communicate with each other. Three major ways of obtaining information on the Internet are through the World Wide Web, Telnet and Usenet.

HOW TO SEARCH THE INTERNET

Because it's so flexibile and easy to use, the World Wide Web has become the focus of the entire Internet. Web pages (such as this one) are accessed through an online service provider, viewed through a browser, and searched by means of any number of services (LYCOS is my current favorite). Searches using key words or phrases will return homespun, institutional or commercial web pages which meet the search criteria (and often, many which don't!)

Through the World Wide Web you can also access professional and scholarly information via Gopher, Telnet, or Usenet, as well as a multitude of individual databases such as CARL, ERIC and OCLC.

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