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Online Tutorials


The following links will take you to sites where you can learn more about using the web.  Some are for Internet beginners; some are for those who already know how the web works, but want to know how to make their searches more effective. 

Never Used the Mouse Before?    
These tutorials have 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. 


To view our interactive animations, you need the Flash Player. If you don't already have it (Internet Explorer 5.0 and Netscape Navigator 4.0 and later versions come with Flash), download the Flash Player for free. It's fast and easy to do. (If an animation doesn't load after you click on the first link, then download the player.)

BROWSERS:
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This site explains the function of Internet browsers and illustrates the difference
between the two most popular, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Firefox
THE ANIMATED INTERNET:
Discover how the Internet really works. with less than 50 clicks of your mouse.
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SEARCH ENGINES:
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This site lists the major search engines, offers ratings and reviews, and gives helpful searching tips.
This includes definitions, search strategies, and specific information about top directories.
This page, created by a Kansas City librarian, is a brief introduction to some of the most
popular search engines. It includes a nice chart comparing the features of different engines
EVALUATING WEB SITES:
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Joyce Valenza, a library information specialist in Springfield, PA, created this
Web-based activity on evaluating Web sites.
This site, created by Massachusetts librarian Kathy Schrock, is a great list of links for teachers, students, and parents on how to evaluate web sites. It also includes checklists for different age levels for evaluating sites.
HOW TO CITE AN INTERNET SOURCE:
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