Chapter 2: Browser Essentials 

Exercises and Projects

These projects are designed to familiarize you with your browser and to give you a chance to visit several different Web sites. Remember as you work through the exercises that you can save the sites in your bookmarks or favorites list so you can return to them easily later.

1. It's often helpful to print a Web page to use later on. Start your browser so you can see how it is set up to print Web pages. Make sure a Web page is displayed in your content area. Click on the Print icon in your toolbar. What happens? Click on your File menu and then click on Print. What happens now? Print the Web page.

2. It's important for you to know about the online help functions in your browser. Click on the word Help in your menu bar. In Netscape, click on Help Contents. In Internet Explorer, click on Contents and Index. What is included here? What other information is available in your Help menu?

3. Take a historical look at the Web by opening up the page "About the World Wide Web." Type in in your address or location field. If you click on the link CERN, you will connect to the site where Tim Berners-Lee first developed the idea for the Web. What is CERN?

4. Another fun site about the history of the Internet can be found at Type this address into your location or address field. Using your Edit/ Find in Page function, find in what year the word "Internet" is first mentioned.

5. Let's look up some information using the Google search engine as we did in the chapter. Go to Google at Remember that you can get online help following the steps in the activity. Look for the following topics and write down brief information about each, along with the URL of the site where you found it. (You may want to create a folder for health sites in your bookmarks/ favorites.)

a. Alternative Medicine

b. Reiki

c. Yoga

d. Tae Kwon Do

6. Let's try some searches on another search engine. This time, let's go to AltaVista at Look for their online help before putting in your search requests. Look for the following topics, give brief information on each, and the URL of the site where you found it. (How about a folder for music in your bookmarks/ favorites?)

a. Johann Sebastian Bach (For a change of pace, try looking for PDQ Bach!)

b. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

c. Afro-Caribbean music

d. Doug Engelbart

7. Virtual museums have become very popular on the Web. You can access many of them through the World Wide Web Virtual Library at Click on Museums (found under the Humanities section), then on USA. Look at just a few of the museums listed. Which is your favorite? What is its URL?

8. Follow the steps in this chapter to create a folder for newspapers in your bookmarks/ favorites. Then go to the Web page "Newspapers -LibrarySpot. com," Follow links to five different newspapers from at least three different continents. What are the URLs and what are the newspapers? Save the sites in your newspapers folder.