is a hypertext guide to Internet resources, a partial
substitute for a paper-based text about the Internet.
links you to Internet resources: orientation, guides,
reference materials, browsing and exploring tools,
subject and word-oriented searching tools, and
information about connecting with people.
employs a variety of ways to present information:
The front page
of Internet Web Text
shows the seven major categories,
each marked with .
Thanks to Chuck Musciano
for this category icon image.
Thanks to the
GodeCookery site for the woodcuts used in the tutorial.
The narrative version
gives background and places the seven major
categories in context. Links from
are to the narrative pages for each category.
a category list
is a one-page list, with no narrative,
of the (up to seven) major items in each category.
This is useful if you
are familiar with the resources for this category
and just want a quick list of the major ones.
a category narrative
explains the resources available in each
category and pointers to contextual and
This narrative may include links to more than
seven major items; each major item
is marked with a
Thanks to Richard P. Bocker
for the item icon image, .
links the versions together so you can encounter the
information using multiple paths:
You can go from any
to its corresponding
by clicking on the category title at the top of the page
to the right of the category icon,
You can go from any category list or category narrative
to any other category
through the links at the top of the page.
You can go from any of the pages to the
at navigation bar at
near top of the page.
I created Internet Web Text for
in Computer-Mediated Communication
at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
that I helped teach in the spring of 1994.
I've continuously updated it since then, including a revisions
for classes I'm teaching.
My goal has been to create an interface
students could use to familiarize themselves with the Internet,
how to use it, how to find information, and how to
connect with people.
If you are using Internet Web Text for a course, send me an
I'd like to hear about your course,
and I'd be glad to coordinate the use of my text or give you ideas
The Computer-Mediated Communication course
I helped teach was aimed at CMC Theory.
Thus, these lessons I prepared
(the practicum portion of the course)
are aimed at giving the students a quick overview of the Internet
and some starting points, not an exhaustive mastery.
This text might also be helpful in any general situation where
you are providing links for users to find out more information about the
You are welcome to link to any of the versions for
educational or non-profit purposes.
Ask me about any other use of this text.
Let me know of any comments you have.
I will continue to develop this text---the
current students are still using it,
I use it for workshops that I teach,
and I plan to use it in my future teaching.