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LEARN THE NET Home Page – Great website to learn about the Internet.

If you are taking a distance learning class, you MUST have some basic knowledge of computers and the Internet. You must be able to prepare, save, and retrieve files; send and receive emails with attachments; deposit files in an electronic drop box; locate and navigate web sites; download software and plug ins; and participate in discussion boards.

Once you have reached this site, note the “How To” list at the left side of the screen. If you are a novice, you might want to start with “How to Use this Site.” Otherwise, start with “Master the Basics” and then work your way down the list. You will find information ranging from making the connection to the Internet to building your own web site Click on each underlined word or title to access the information. This information is also available as the “Animated Internet.” Be sure to visit Netiquette, a primer on the do’s and don’ts of communicating on the Internet. For example, did you know that you should avoid writing e-mail messages or posting in newsgroups using all caps. Why? Because IT LOOKS LIKE YOU’RE SHOUTING! The “Harness E-Mail” section has hints on E-Mail Etiquette. In the age of computer worms and viruses, we recommend you read the section on “Protect Yourself” to keep your computer from picking up a “bug”! And if you hear or see words that are unfamiliar to you, try the glossary.

Jan’s Illustrated Computer Literacy 101 includes lessons on the topics listed below, and the approach is very detailed yet easy to understand. Even if you have never touched a mouse before, you should be able to follow along.

New User Tutorial

This tutorial has been designed to help people who have never used a computer before. We will concentrate on using the mouse and a few other basic skills. Ask a librarian for information on local computer classes for more in-depth instruction.