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Internet Basics. What’s in a name? Internet Vocabulary Where do I start? Browsers Where exactly am I? Internet Addresses-URLs How can I come back here? Bookmarks. Internet Vocabulary adapted from The Non-Designer’s Web Book.

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Internet basics

Internet Basics

  • What’s in a name?

    • Internet Vocabulary

  • Where do I start?

    • Browsers

  • Where exactly am I?

    • Internet Addresses-URLs

  • How can I come back here?

    • Bookmarks

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Internet Vocabulary

adapted from The Non-Designer’s Web Book

  • Internet = the worldwide network of computers that communicate information according to agreed rules and procedures.

  • World Wide Web (the Web) = a section of the Internet.

  • Internet Service Provider (ISP) = 24 hr. Internet connection service.

  • Browser = software that finds web pages for you.

    • Microsoft Internet Explorer or NetscapeNavigator

  • Web Site = a collection of web pages starting with a home page.

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  • URL (Universal Resource Locator) = a web address that must be typed EXACTLY in the Locator Box at the top of the browser window.

  • Link (hypertext) = text connected to other pages.

    • looks like an underlined title; little hand appears when the pointer is positioned over it.

    • clicking on a link allows you to “jump” to other pages.

    • takes time to load.

  • Bookmarks (Favorites) = place holders that are usually used to hold on to the URL of a site you will want to visit again.

  • Plug-ins = little pieces of software that make special things happen, e.g., sound, and must be downloaded (follow directions).

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They may not LOOK alike…

…but they all ACT alike!

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Internet Address - URL


ADDRESS: personal ss#

ADDRESS: Internet

123 West SunnysideChicago, IL  60600


In the same way that your home has an address and you have a social security number, each of the millions of pages on the Internet has an address.  

An Internet Address is called a URL (Uniform Resource Locator).

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  • URLs are typed in the Netscape "location" box and the Internet Explorer "address" box.

  • The importance of writing home addresses and social security numbers accurately is also true of URLs:

    • URLs consist of letters, numbers, and punctuation and are read from left to right.

    • URLs are case sensitive; be sure to use upper and lower case letters appropriately.

    • URLs must be typed perfectly or an error message will occur.

    • URL example: http://cuip.uchicago/~ldernbach/tlib/home.html

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    • http "hypertext transfer protocol" indicates this page is on the Internet.


    • name of computer connected to the Internet 24 hours a day.


    • indicates owner of site.


    • tells browser hierarchy of  folders.


    • specifies file name within last folder.

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Easy to use

Saves search time

Can be organized in folders


Never wait to save a site

Keep your list organized

Delete old bookmarks

BookmarksBookmarks are most often used to “save” the URL of the site that is visible in the browser window.

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