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Introduction to the Internet

The best way to learn about the Internet is to use it. Below are topics we think will be helpful in getting you started. There are also resource links for more information.

Of course, the best way to understand the Internet is to explore it...

What is the Internet?

The Internet is a global network of computer networks. Thousands of networks are linked together, forming a worldwide network.

This network makes it possible for millions of people to communicate, to share information about common interests, to work on the same documents in multi-media format. This network is also a new way to do business electronically.

What is the World Wide Web?

The Web is an enormous collection of web sites. WWW or the World Wide Web is the facility that brought the sudden popularity to the Internet. Many people think of the Internet as the WWW. It is a web of multi-media hypertext documents linked around the world.

What is a web site?

Web sites are electronic documents (files) that are stored on computers (servers) all over the world. The documents are written in a special programming language called HTML (hyper text markup language), which are read using a web browser such as Microsoft's Internet Explorer or Netscape's Navigator.

A web site (also called a Web page or a home page) can have formatted text, images, animation, sound, music, movies, and more. With more and more sophisticated and easy-to-use Web browsers, an Internet user can access many documents with a mouse click.

Introduction to the Internet
Searching and Moving Around on the Web
Email Information
Vocabulary and Acronyms