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Research Online: A Practical Guide 
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Intro | Web Basics | Searching | Links | Citing Sources | Conclusion

Web Basics
What is the Internet?
What is the World Wide Web?
What is a Web browser?
What are Domain Names and URLs?
What is a Bookmark?
What is Email?
What is a Newsgroup?
What is a Discussion List (or Listserv)
What is "Netiquette?"
What is Search Engine?

What is the Internet?

The Internet been called the "information superhighway," the "world's largest library," and just "the 'Net." So what exactly is it? The Internet is a global network of computer networks, linking computers so they can "communicate." This communication can take several forms, such as electronic mail (email), discussion groups, and information retrieved via the World Wide Web. Data is delivered from one computer to another using various protocols, such as Internet Protocol (IP), File Transfer Protocol (FTP), and Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP).

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