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About the Internet: being Internet savvy! What is a URL? Uniform Resource Locator (URL) = web address http://www.sac.sa.edu.au What does it mean? http ://www.sac.sa.edu.au hypertext transfer protocol data can be available in a number of different protocols (rules) eg

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about the internet

About the Internet:

being Internet savvy!

what is a url
What is a URL?

Uniform Resource Locator (URL)

= web address

http://www.sac.sa.edu.au

what does it mean
What does it mean?

http://www.sac.sa.edu.au

hypertext transfer protocol

  • data can be available in a number of different protocols (rules) eg
  • ftp (file transfer protocol)
  • mailto (email)
http www sac sa edu au

organisation name

  • Saint Aloysius College, South Australia
  • Most organisations have their own server name

http://www.sac.sa.edu.au

http www sac sa edu au6
http://www.sac.sa.edu.au

type of organisation

  • identifies the type of organisation - educational
  • have to apply for a domain name to ensure each Internet address is unique
  • domain names can offer clues as the type of organization
http www sac sa edu au7
http://www.sac.sa.edu.au

geographic indicator

  • clues as the country of origin of the server can be gained from the country code - australia
  • as the Internet originated in the United States, this is assumed to be the point of origin, unless specified by a country code
http www sac sa edu au library library library htm
http://www.sac.sa.edu.au/Library/Library/library.htm

directory and file name

  • Internet resources are organized into directories and file structures
    • Library folders contains filecalled library
  • this can give you a clue into the structure of the site
  • the more directories, then the deeper into the site the file is embedded
the tilde sign
The tilde ~ sign
  • often indicates a personal page within an official site
  • http://www.unisa.edu.au/~dbrown/

can indicate a personal page of a member of staff, but it is not an official page of the University

finding the home page
Finding the Home Page
  • a URL can often lead to a file deep within a website
  • the Home Page is like the cover of a book – it can give useful information such as the author, their qualifications, last update and the purpose of the site
  • you can often find the Home Page by deleting everything after the geographic indicator and pressing return
search engines
Search engines
  • A tool for searching the web
    • Strategies for searching the Internet

http://www.sac.sa.edu.au/Library/Library/library.htm