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2 hour instruction on using Web Basics. Used as a computer class taught at a public library computer lab. Last revised 6/06.

2 hour instruction on using Web Basics. Used as a computer class taught at a public library computer lab. Last revised 6/06.

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  • Created by Lisa Lindsay for Sunnyside Regional Library of Fresno County Public Library. Updated April 2006 This work is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-Share Alike Licensed. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/1.0/ or send a letter to creative commons, 559 North Abbott Way Stanford California 94305, USA
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    • 1. WWW Basics Brought to you by Fresno County Public Library written by Lisa Lindsay, MLIS
    • 2. Class Goals
      • We will learn:
        • Common terms
        • What the WWW is used for.
        • How to do different types of searches.
    • 3. Common Terms
      • World Wide Web or WWW is a series of computers connected together across the world to share information. The Web is also called the Internet.
      • A “URL” or “Web Address” is where a page is located.
      • A browser (like Internet Explorer) is a software program that allows easy use of the web.
      • “ Home Page ” is a start page or 1 st page.
    • 4. Who do you trust on the Internet?
      • The WWW includes information on hundreds of thousands of computers around the world.
      • Examples of what the web is used for: Email, genealogy, commerce etc.
      • Searching can be like finding a needle in a haystack. (Some good mixed in with lots of garbage.)
    • 5. First Mistake to Avoid
      • Making a mistake when typing a web address is like dialing a wrong number so when you get an error screen you must figure out where your mistake is.
      • Practice fixing your error in the address box without retyping the whole thing by using both the mouse and arrow keys with the delete button.
    • 6. What an Error Message Looks Like
    • 7. Second Mistake to Avoid
      • Typing the wrong things in the wrong boxes.
        • Use the address box when you have a web address
        • Use the subject search box when you are trying to find information about a subject or figure out a specific website URL.
    • 8. Address Box
      • http://en.wikipedia.org
      • www.fresnolibrary.org
      • www.google.com
      • http:// lii.org
    • 9. The Address Box
    • 10. Search Box
      • High blood pressure
      • bulldogs football
      • Vegetarian Restaurants in Fresno
    • 11. What to look for on the screen
      • When a picture or set of words links to another site it is called a hyperlink. The mouse arrow will look like a hand. Select any hyperlink to see where it takes you.
      • The back button is a way to figure out where you were. Select this to move backwards.
    • 12. Choosing a Search Method
      • Internet Directories
        • Well organized indexes that allow you to browse through lists of sites by topic.
        • Created by people (not always updated)
        • Fewer websites in their databases
      • Example: Librarians Internet Index ( http:// lii.org )
    • 13. Librarians’ Internet Index
    • 14. Choosing a Search Method
      • Search Engines
        • Developed after Internet Directories
        • Allow you to use keywords to search millions of pages.
        • Allow both simple and advanced (“Boolean”) search techniques
        • Are indexed electronically by spiders or web crawlers.
      • Example: Google ( www.google.com )
    • 15. Google
    • 16. Find it!
      • What was the estimated financial cost to the U.S. of the Vietnam War?
    • 17. Find it!
      • Information on each California Mission with pictures.
    • 18. Find it!
      • Words to the song “Blue Moon” by Elvis Presley.
    • 19. Find it!
      • What is the name of the most recent book by Alexander McCall-Smith?
    • 20. Find it!
      • Find instructions on how to dance the Charleston.
    • 21. Important Reminders
      • Become familiar with a couple of web directories and search engines.
      • Be careful what information you trust -- consider who created a specific website .
      • Learn search strategies. (Take the advanced WWW course taught at Sunnyside.)
      • Make your searches specific.
      • DON’T GIVE UP
    • 22. Creative Commons License
      • Adapted from a workshop created by Kate Holes for the Hibbing Public Library (MN).
      • Updated April 2006 by Lisa Lindsay, MLIS of Fresno County Public Library.
      • This work is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-Share Alike Licensed. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.5/

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