School of Information Management & Systems. Fall 2000.
142 Access to American Cultural Heritages.
Exercise 3: The World Wide Web. Due Sept 26.
The World Wide Web (WWW) uses images, color, and lots of
"links" from individual words and images to other www
documents ("web pages"). This exercise is to assure minimal
skill is searching ("surfing") the World Wide Web.
A browser (e.g. Netscape) is software for finding and using WWW "pages"
at "websites", which usually have a basically hierarchical structure, but
are sometimes searchable databases.
The starting point at each WWW site is called a Homepage.
Anything underlined is a link to another WWW "page".
Use the mouse to place the cursor on the underlined word and click
the mouse button (maybe twice).
There are usually lots of "links" to documents in other WWW sites.
1. Enter your browser, e.g. Netscape.
Find this course's homepage at
either by entering that address in the Location box or by
following links to and from the campus homepage:
2. Search by following links: Look over the Infosys 142
website if you haven't already done so.
From the 142 homepage click on
the course Schedule. When is the first exam scheduled?
down" in a hierarchical index: Go to The Librarians Index to the
Find heading "Culture" and click on the subheading for North America "NorA"
and look over the items listed.
At the end of each item there is at least one indexing term,
e.g. "Native Americans", which, if you click on it will lead to a list
of all other websites indexed with that heading. Scroll down until you
find "African American", click on it. Scroll down to the "Specific Resources"
section. Pick any one, click on it to visit it. Which one did you choose?
4. Use a "search engine":
Click on the Search button. Use any "search engine",
e.g. Lycos or InfoSeek. Try to find something about the Amish
(aka the Pennsylvania Dutch), a religous community in
Pennsyslvania and nearby states.
Enter: Amish heritage in the search space box and
click the Seek (or Search) button. Scroll down the search result and
pick and note one of them: Its title, content, "location" and the
date and time you looked at it.
If that doesn't work, don't worry. Give up and try putting
http://amishbarn.com in the Location box and pressing Enter.
3. A "virtual" library How about an entire
library on the web?:
Go to http://www.ipl.org/
Go to the Reference "room" by clicking on "Reference" and find an online source of
interest to yourself that is more or less relevant to this course.
Write down the URL (= location), date and
time you looked, and describe it very briefly.
5. Now you know how to do it, try recreational searching!
Find something that interest you? What is it? Write down the
address given in the "location" box and the precise
date and time of searching.