The Internet - Important Terms
address The unique identifier needed to find an Internet web page or send e-mail. Synonyms for an Internet address are "locator" and "URL" (Uniform Resource Locator).
An example of a web page address is: http://www.yahoo.com
An example of an e-mail address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
blog A person's diary, published online; also called Weblog and Web log.
bookmark A web page link stored by a browser for easy access.
browser A software program that finds web pages and allows them to be printed, downloaded, and more. The LCCC Library uses the Microsoft Internet Explorer browser.
default The standard answer a computer will assume unless an alternative answer is entered by a user.
distance education Students participate in computer-based learning in a physical setting away from their instructor and classmates, and communicate through special programs (e.g., Angel), videoconferencing, email, discussion boards, chat rooms, et cetera.
download To save information to a disk or drive.
e-mail Electronic Mail. The means of sending messages via computer,
FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) A collection of commonly asked questions on a particular topic and their responses.
homepage The main (opening) page of a web site.
HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) The programming language used to create web pages.
Internet A massive collection of computers, worldwide, connected to one another For the purpose of exchanging information.
Internet Explorer A free web browser that enables you to view web pages.
Invisible Web Web pages that cannot be searched by a typical search engine. Generally, you must access them from their homepage. Sometimes, you must also use a password.
link A new web page that you open when you click on highlighted text or a graphic on a web page.
log in / log on To gain access to a computer program or network, often by entering a name and password.
log out / log off To terminate access to a computer program or network.
netiquette The unwritten "rules" or "manners" for using the Internet.
network Any connection of two or more computers made for the purpose of sharing resources, such as information, software, printers, or scanners.
online Being connected to another computer via a phone line, cable, or other means. A computer user is online when s/he is on the Internet, logged onto America Online (AOL), or on a computer that is active on any other type of network.
podcast An audio broadcast sent over the Internet.
RSS A method of providing web site content such as up-to-the-minute news stories or software updates
scroll bar The arrows and bar on the right side and bottom of the computer screen used to move the screen up and down or left and right.
search engine Software used to find Internet sites on a particular topic. Examples are Yahoo!, AltaVista, Google, and All the Web. All search engines are different, so read the search engine's Help or Options screen.
subject directory/directory A list of recommended web site, arranged in categories. Some good subject directories are found under Recommended Research Sites at http://www.lccc.edu/library.
tutorial Computer-assisted, step-by-step instruction for individual or small group learning.
upload To send a file to another computer.
URL The Universal Resource Locator, the address of a web page. Just as every person has a unique e-mail address, every web page has a unique URL. You can go to any page on the web by precisely entering the page's URL in the white box near the top of the screen, then hitting Enter or Go.
web page Information on the World Wide Web provided by a person, organization, government body, or company.
wiki A collaborative web site on which anyone can add or modify content.
World Wide Web Also called WWW, or "the web." This is the whole gamut of pages combining text, graphics, animation, video, audio, and other types of information, plus links to other web pages. Once an Internet connection is established, a user can access WWW pages with the help of browser software, such as Internet Explorer, Netscape Navigator, or Firefox.
Excerpts from & revisions to "Yahoo! How-To." Yahoo. Yahoo. 1994-98. Web. 24 Mar. 1998.