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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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  • WWW Basics Brought to you by Fresno County Public Library written by Lisa Lindsay, MLIS
  • Class Goals
    • We will learn:
      • Common terms
      • What the WWW is used for.
      • How to do different types of searches.
  • 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.
  • 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.)
  • 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.
  • What an Error Message Looks Like
  • 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.
  • Address Box
    • http://en.wikipedia.org
    • www.fresnolibrary.org
    • www.google.com
    • http:// lii.org
  • The Address Box
  • Search Box
    • High blood pressure
    • bulldogs football
    • Vegetarian Restaurants in Fresno
  • 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.
  • 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 )
  • Librarians’ Internet Index
  • 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 )
  • Google
  • Find it!
    • What was the estimated financial cost to the U.S. of the Vietnam War?
  • Find it!
    • Information on each California Mission with pictures.
  • Find it!
    • Words to the song “Blue Moon” by Elvis Presley.
  • Find it!
    • What is the name of the most recent book by Alexander McCall-Smith?
  • Find it!
    • Find instructions on how to dance the Charleston.
  • 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
  • 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/