Introduction to the Internet


Everything You Wanted to Know About the Internet: Useful Sites

Mousercise Practice using a mouse with the Central Kansas Library System at: www.ckls.org/~crippel/computerlab/tutorials/mouse/page1.html  This is a long address, but well worth looking at. Not only will this lead you step-by-step through using a computer mouse, but it will also require you to use the scroll bar on the right-hand side of the computer screen and introduce you to checkboxes. These skills will help you on websites that require you to fill in online forms (such as signing-up for e-mail or replying to questionnaires).

Learn How to Find Information on the Internet, courtesy of the University of California at Berkeley. Available at www.lib.berkeley.edu/teachinglib/guides/internet/findinfo.html. Here you will find a brief explanation of the Internet itself, and suggestions on how to evaluate websites for reliable information. There is also a comparison of popular search engines.

Find Lists of Internet Sites Arranged by Topic For websites recommended by Framingham Public Library staff, check out our other resource lists.

Use Subscription Databases for Free on the Minuteman home page, www.mln.lib.ma.us. Dozens of databases--including several health, business, and magazine indexes and an index to the Boston Globe--have been chosen and paid for by regional Massachusetts library systems for the quality of information they provide.

If you're not sure, ask us via our online Ask A Librarian service, or by telephoning the library at 508-532-5570, ext. 4361. The librarians at the Framingham Public Library will be happy to help you find an Internet site that suits your needs, or suggest an alternative if the Internet doesn't answer your question.

Did You Know?
You can often tell where a website comes from by the suffix on the end of the address. These suffixes are known as domain name suffixes, and there are several in common use:

  • .com is a site usually owned or sponsored by a commercial entity, such as a business or Internet service provider. Examples: www.aol.com and www.walmart.com. If an individual's web site is hosted by an Internet service provider, it will often have .com in the address, even if the individual's web site is not used for business.

  • .org is usually, but not always, used by organizations. www.greenpeace.org

  • .edu is reserved for schools and colleges. www.umass.edu

  • .gov is reserved for U.S. government offices. www.epa.gov

There are many more suffixes out there, and a complete list is available at www.computeruser.com/resources/dictionary/noframes/nf.domains.html .

Just for fun, compare the following sites: www.framingham.edu, www.framingham.k12.ma.uswww.framinghamma.gov, and www.framingham.com

There is a difference between email addresses and website addresses. Email addresses follow the format yourname@domain.suffix. For example, the email address of the Boston Globe's Ombudsman, Christine Chinlund, is ombud@globe.com. "Ombud" is the name she goes by, "Globe" is the domain that the email is sent to, and ".com" is the suffix that labels the Globe as a commercially-owned website. You can't "look at" an email address on the  Internet, as you can with a website address, but you can send mail to it by using an email program. Note that an email address does not have "http://www." in front of it.

Websites change! 
Please email us if you have difficulty accessing a site on this list. We'll try to identify and correct the problem.


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