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Chinese Cultural Studies:
How to Use the World Wide Web

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For this section of Core 9, many of the documents distributed in class, along with a significant number of other texts, photographs, and computer programs are available on a World Wide Web page. Although some of you may be worried about using computers, or using electronic data sources, in the modern world you need to get over any fear you may have. Once you have, you will find a whole new world has opened up to you in terms of gaining information and doing research.

The World Wide Web is the name of one way of using the Internet (the world network of millions of computers.) It used to be difficult to use the Internet, which had to be done through complex strings of typed commands, but all has now become simpler with the Web. Now you can jump from one part of the Internet to another with the click of a mouse button, as well as see pictures, and sooner or later hear sounds and watch movies.


Getting an Email Account

Although you can access the Core 9 Chinese Culture page via any outside computer account which has access to the Internet (for instance America Online, Compuserve or local Internet access provides such as Pipeline, IDT or Netcom). All Brooklyn college students have access to free email accounts.

Email:  If you need to contact me by email, the best address to use is

 

How to Access the Chinese Culture Page
- if you already know how to use the Web.

You can access the page at URL http://academic.brooklyn.cuny.edu/core9/phalsall

The page works best with a browser like Netscape 1.1 or higher, although the browser provided with America Online, or any other online service, will work fine.

 

How to Access the Chinese Culture Page
- even if you have no idea what a computer is!

Go to any internet linked computer in Atrium lab or the library.

  1. Open a program called Netscape [or Internet Explorer]
  2. You are now on the web!
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Navigating the Web

The various parts on the Web are usually called "pages". They are linked to each other through addresses called Universal Resource Locators, or URLs. A URL for any web page is in the form http://address.of.the.page Note the exact use of punctuation! "http" stands for "hypertext transfer protocol" (I think!) Sometimes you see a URL in the form gopher://address.etc or ftp://address.etc. Do not worry. These will work just as well on the browser (that is the program, such as Netscape, through which you browse the Web), although they refer to older forms of getting things from around the Internet.

To access the Core 9 Chinese Culture page

  1. Open Netscape.
  2. Use the mouse to pull down the "Open URL" command. In the box type the URL for the page which is http://academic.brooklyn.cuny.edu/core9/phalsall
  3. Us the mouse to click on underlined items or words displayed on the web page. When you click, you will be take to that item. It is as simple as that!
  4. To go back to where you were, click on the back arrow at the top of the screen.

You will need to play around a little bit with the program to get the hang of it. You will discover that there are links to the entire electronic world, as well as to directories of Internet services such as YAHOO. You can also save files to a disk, and print files out.

Although you may find some aspects of using this technology frustrating to begin with, I guarantee that in a year or so's time, you will be thankful that you have had to learn how to "cruise the Web."