AFTER COMPLETING THIS CHAPTER, YOU WILL BE ABLE TO:
Define what it means to "surf" the Net.
Select a Web browser and use it to go surfing.
Recognize the elements of a Uniform resource locator (URL).
Know how to go to any URL on the World Wide Web.
Visit some of the most exciting sites on the World Wide Web.
Define the concepts of linking and browsing.
Define the concepts of a Web page, a home page, and a default page.
Manipulate a window by sizing, scrolling, hiding, maximizing, and switching among multiple windows.
Navigate using the browser's buttons and shortcut keys.
Go to different levels of a Web site by manipulating its URL.
Avoid distractions and stay focused on the purpose for which you visited a Web site.
Bookmark your favorite Web sites for quick recall whenever you want to visit them again.
Know how to create more screen space to display the maximum amount of a Web page inside your browser window.

INTERNET LITERACY RESOURCES:

  Getting a Browser
 

Use these links to download and install a browser. If you are already using one brand, you may want to try the other one. If you have an older version, you can use these links to update your browser.


Microsoft Internet Explorer
Microsoft Internet Explorer

Mozilla Firefox

Apple Safari
Netscape Communicator


Understanding URLs
 

Follow each of these links and observe how the page displays and how the URL is updated in the location or address box.

http://www.udel.edu/fth/resume.html#professional

 

http://www.sony.com

 

http://www.udel.edu/fth/resume.html

 

http://www.cnn.com

 

http://www.netscape.com

 

http://www.microsoft.com

 


Surfing Concepts and Techniques
 

Follow each of these links to practice the skills associated with surfing the web.


www.princeton.edu

www.sony.com

www.loc.gov

www.travelgram.com

www.loc.gov

www.udel.edu/fth/middle-c

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/enthusiast/default.asp

http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/flw/flw03.html

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Visiting Selected Web Sites
 

These links will take you to a broad cross-section of sites. Which sites seem easiest to navigate? Are there some that confuse you because of the way they are designed?


CNN

amazon.com 

Gomez BBBOnline

ESPN

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

THOMAS

Louvre

autobytel.com

TERC

Smithsonian

New York Stock Exchange

NASDAQ

White House

Weather.com

Mapquest

Internet Movie Database


About.com



Portals
 

Go to any of these portals and set up your own personal portal page. Select from their offerings to tailor the page to your own preferences.


My Yahoo!
My Excite
My Lycos

Taking Portals Personally: A Design Review


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