WEEK THREE – Lecture


Virus/Bookmarks/Search Engines


Although we briefly discussed viruses the first week, because of the increased threat, the subject is important enough to bring up again.



Virus Originally, viruses were transmitted by floppy disks, but they are now also transmitted by e-mail. A virus can be communicated in the body of e-mail as well as in the file that is attached to the message.


How do you protect yourself?


            1. Listen to the radio and TV about the latest viruses

            2. Get anti-virus software (like an insurance policy for about $50)


Try: Norton’s System Works, McAfee, PC Cillin – Nothing is 100% foolproof.




Understanding how e-mail works forms a foundation for an understanding of the working of the Internet. If you have any questions at all, please let me know.


Sending attachments: Go to email accounts and demonstrate how to send an attachment.




BOOKMARKING: Discuss Backflip.com.


In addition to specially-designed programs, you can also bookmark right in your Internet Browser. Bookmarking in the Browser here at the Computer Lab is not as helpful as bookmarking on your computer at home because in order to retrieve the bookmarks, you have to be at the computer where you left the bookmarks.


Make a FOLDER in Word to save sites by “cut and paste”


1.      Open Word

2.      File/New

3.      “Save As” Call you new folder Internet Sites/Minimize

4.      Go to location bar on the Internet site you want to save and click to the left of the URL

5.      Edit/Copy

6.      Click “Internet Sites” on the bottom toolbar

7.      Paste

8.      Save/Minimize

9.      Return to the Internet





Both Browsers work in much the same way. If you will look at the top tool bars on your Netscape Browser, [If you are using Internet Explorer bookmarks are referred to as “Favorites”] somewhere towards the left of the bar is the word “bookmarks.”


In order to bookmark, go to a Web Site that you think you might want to visit again, and click on the “add bookmark” in Netscape, or Favorites in Internet Explorer. It’s as simple as that.


When you want to return to that Web Site, click on “bookmark” or “favorite” again. You will see a list of all the sites you have selected. Click on the site you want to return to.


If you want to change the name of a site location you have saved, click on the right-hand button of your mouse on the site/ select “rename”/type in a new name. The new name will show on your bookmarks or favorites list.



DELETE: Highlight a bookmark, or an item in your favorites menu, and press the DELETE button.




LIBRARY DATABASES: Discuss databases and passwords.




SEARCH ENGINES: Let the fun begin –




Tonight we will only briefly discuss the benefits of search engines so that you can get started doing actual research on the Internet.









QUIZ: Next week we will have a short quiz in class. The quiz should only take about 10 minutes, and will help me to understand if everyone in the class has been following what we have been doing. As usual, if you have any concerns about the quiz, please send me an email.


Next week I will also ask everyone for a tentative topic for the project. Remember, the topic is to be used as a guide for your researching process. The title of this course is “Internet Research Methods”. We are here to understand HOW to research – and, that is what your final project will discuss.