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Surfing the Web


WHAT IS THE WORLD WIDE WEB?

The World Wide Web is a hypertext-based system for finding and accessing Internet resources. Hypertext is a non-linear linking of information and resources, which enables the user to move at will from one piece of information to the next, following a train of thought.


TO GET THERE:



Netscape Navigator OR Internet Explorer
  • Left-click on a browser icon (above) on the MSOffice sidebar or click the INTERNET folder on the left hand side of the screen. These are the two most popular browsers, or applications that allow you access to web sites—graphics and text.



WHAT YOU WILL SEE:
  • The browsers will open on the UIC home page: www.uic.edu. This is the view in Netscape.
The extension .edu refers to educational institutions. Other common extensions are .com for commercial sites or .org for organizations. Even if you don’t know the exact address of a web site you can sometimes guess its address. For instance, the Pepsi web site is www.pepsi.com

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WHAT YOU CAN DO NOW

TO LINK OUT (SURF)
  • Look at the UIC page…or any web page for that matter. The magic of the Web lies in its use of hypertext links that whisk you from one page to another, from one site to another, when they are clicked. WWWeb addresses usually begin with a http:
TIP: You do not need to type in the http when you are entering the address of your target site in the location field at the top of the page. For instance, just type www.infoseek.com.
  • How do we recognize a link? Links are portions of text that are underlined or areas (images) where the cursor turns into a hand. If you click on a link the computer will begin to connect to another computer either in this city of halfway around the world to get your information.
TIP: While the document is loading,
  • in Netscape Communicator : stars will come streaking down around the letter N.
  • in Explorer, the e in the small upper right hand corner will seem to spin.
  • Check at the bottom of the page to see when the Document is done or when all the necessary text and images have been transferred.
  • Now all you have to do is cruise from interesting link to link. Click-click-click.



TO MOVE FROM PAGE TO PAGE

Use the navigation bar at the top of the browser to go Back to a previously viewed page, or Forward-in the opposite direction, to Stop a transfer or to Print a page.


TO CUT AND PASTE
  • Select the text to be copied by highlighting an area or chose Select All from the Edit Menu.
  • Go to Copy on Edit Menu or click Copy icon on toolbar. Open a Word Processing application (such as MSWord) and Paste your text into New Document, then Save.
  • TO SAVE YOUR DOCUMENT
  • You can also save the text of a web page to your disk. Go to
  • File> Save As> .txt. Be sure to save it to your floppy disk (drive a:)

TO PRINT YOUR DOCUMENT
  • Go to File>Print
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