|Chapter 3: Managing and Using Information from the Internet and the Web|
Exercises and Projects
1. Before transferring files from the Web, it's a good idea to become informed about computer viruses. There are many good sites for facts about protecting your computer from viruses. Go to PC Webopaedia, mentioned in the chapter, at http://webopedia.internet.com/TERM/v/virus.html and read through the information. It might be a good idea to save some of the information in the article for future reference, don't you think? Highlight the first three paragraphs of the article, click Edit, then Copy. Open Notepad, as described in the chapter, click Edit, then Paste. Print the document by clicking File, then Print. Remember that if you use the information in a paper you'll need to cite the page properly.
2. The Library of Congress's copyright information is available at http://lcweb.loc.gov/copyright. Access their site and click on the hyperlink Frequently Asked Questions. What does copyright protect? Must a work be registered in order to be protected?
3. Suppose you wanted to know about the services available through the U. S. Department of State. Go to their Web site at http://www.state.gov/index.html. Click on Services.
a. Save the page for future reference as a text file on your desktop by following the instructions given in the chapter.
b. Choose one of the hyperlinks on the page and save the information in that link by clicking on it with your right mouse button. Choose Save Link (or Target) As and save that file on your desktop as well.
c. Double-click on one of the saved files and print it.
4. There is also an abundance of information available from the federal government on starting a small business. Access the Small Business Administration Web site at http://www.sba.gov and look at what is included at the site. Click on Starting Your Business, then on Your First Steps.
a. Print the page.
b. Save the page as a text file.
c. Click on the link to Business Plan. This is a large page, so let's just highlight and print a portion of it. Scroll down to the section entitled Elements of a Business Plan and highlight it using your left mouse button. Following the instructions given in the chapter that apply to your browser, print this section of the page.
a. What are the conditions under which you can use the images?
b. Use your Back button to go back to the main page of the site and choose a category. Save an image to your desktop by clicking with your right mouse button and choosing Save As.
6. Another good source for images is through AltaVista. Go to its site at http://altavista.com (You may already have it in your bookmark list) and click on Image. Read the Help to obtain searching hints. Look for a picture of a sunset. You'll have a wide variety to choose from! Select one, click on it with your right mouse button and save the image to your desktop.
7. Now you have at least two images saved. Open Word and select a new document. Click on Insert in your menu bar, then choose Picture/From File.
a. Select one of the images you saved in the previous exercises and add it to the document.
b. Resize the image by clicking on it and dragging a border arrow.
c. Print the document.
8. The Essential web: What to Teach in 50 Minutes is a site that uses frames in its pages. Access the site at http://webliminal.com/essentialweb/index.html. Notice that one frame includes an index of the site, while the another frame shows the content of each topic that you choose to view. Choose a topic in the index that interests you (such as "Understanding URLs") and click on it. Now, following the instructions in the chapter, print the frame that appears on that topic.