What is the Internet
What:
How Big:
Who creates it:
How to use it: Use a search engine
and natural language and
specialize...
What is the internet?
• A whole bunch of computers connected
together
• Files written in Hypertext Markup
Language (HTML) ...
Some other terminology
• URL – universal resource locator
• DOI – document identifier
• index.html – main page or index pa...
Two kinds of searches
1 You know what you are looking for.
“I have a DOI (Document Identifier), or URL
(Universal Resource...
Tips for the first kind of
searching - URLs
• You don’t have to include http:// when searching, just use
the domain, ie. l...
Tips for the second kind of
searching
• Google is constantly improving, so the
best palec to go to find out how to use
Goo...
What if something is no longer
there?
• The wayback machine!
• An internet archive – web.archive.org
• Go here to find web...
A few more tips
• Use Google to find things on any site that
is badly organized or indexed
• If you have a bad citation, e...
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  • Anne Langley - Princeton University Libraries 09/24/13
  • Internet tips lewis 2013

    1. 1. What is the Internet What: How Big: Who creates it: How to use it: Use a search engine and natural language and specialized search language Why:
    2. 2. What is the internet? • A whole bunch of computers connected together • Files written in Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) can be read on a • Web browser using a Graphical User Interface (GUI) • So when you use the interface you are really just looking at files stored on another computer somewhere in the world
    3. 3. Some other terminology • URL – universal resource locator • DOI – document identifier • index.html – main page or index page in a web file directory • Browser – the software that can display internet files • Search engine – software that can search and index files on the web • Web bot, or bot – software that harvests information from the web for search engines • .edu .gov .edu .com – domains in a URL • IP address – Internet Protocol, the network a computer belongs to – a Princeton IP address
    4. 4. Two kinds of searches 1 You know what you are looking for. “I have a DOI (Document Identifier), or URL (Universal Resource Locator).” 1 You are looking for something but you don’t know what you will find. “I need information about _____.”
    5. 5. Tips for the first kind of searching - URLs • You don’t have to include http:// when searching, just use the domain, ie. library.princeton.edu • URLs have separate parts, the first part – library.princeton.edu is called the domain – Everything that comes after it, is really just file names in a file structure. You can use this information to navigate back to the larger website from a page you are on. – smittenkitchen.com/blog/2008/09/moms-apple-cake/ – By working backwards, the recipe for moms apple cake is a file in the 09 folder, from the 2008 folder, in the blog folder of the domain smittenkitchen.com
    6. 6. Tips for the second kind of searching • Google is constantly improving, so the best palec to go to find out how to use Google, is their own site • www.google.com/insidesearch/tipstricks/in dex.html • My favorites - exact phrase searching, definition, spelling, searching Princeton website, currency conversions. There are lots – experiment!
    7. 7. What if something is no longer there? • The wayback machine! • An internet archive – web.archive.org • Go here to find web pages that have been removed from the internet
    8. 8. A few more tips • Use Google to find things on any site that is badly organized or indexed • If you have a bad citation, enter the title in quotations, as a Google search, and you may be able to find the correct citation • Parts of the Internet have controlled access, you may not be able to access everything, depending on what domain your computer is part of -

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