A Series of Demonstrations for the Warren Wilson College First Year Seminars


Fall 95

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This page was created to support the series of bibliographic instructional introductions to the internet that I taught as a contract employee of Warren Wilson College and is not an official publication of the school. Neither should this web page be perceived as an official presentation of the school's First Year Seminar program. edmiston@cs.unca.edu

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Select a seminar topic and jump to the resources. The first few entries are for everyone.

How to set up a Bookmark File in Netscape and Lynx

Bookmark files serve as a way you can 'save your place' as you are moving about on the net. When you come across a web page you know you'll want to return to, you can place its URL (Uniform Resource Locator - a hoity toity term for the address of the page) in your bookmark file, and the next time you want to visit the page you just open the bookmark file, select the entry and you will jump right to it.


Since Netscape is running on computers that are networked together the bookmark file cannot be dedicated to the interests of an individual. You can maintain a bookmark file for yourself on a floppy disk. You will need to change a configuration in Netscape to teach it to access your file on the floppy.

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  1. Put a formatted floppy disk in drive a:
    It doesn't matter when you put the disk in the drive, before or after starting Netscape is fine)
  2. Start Netscape
  3. Click on the Options Menu and select Preferences
  4. On the Preferences menu click on Applications and Directories.
  5. When that window pops up plant your cursor in the field marked Bookmark File. Delete the text that is there and type in: a:bookmark.htm
  6. Click on the OK button and you are ready to use your bookmark file.

As you find pages that are useful to you select the menu option Bookmarks and select the option Add Bookmark. This saves the location of the page in your bookmark file.

When you want to return to that page, click on the menu Bookmark and select View Bookmarks.

You can use keyboard commands to add to and view the bookmark file: Control-a to add and control-b to view the bookmarks.

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Making a Bookmark File in Lynx

Lynx is a very different environment from Netscape. While Netscape runs on the PC and Macs, Lynx is provided by the mother Owl and is accessed through your internet account. I use Lynx far more often then netscape for precisely this reason. Where ever I am I can dial or telnet into my cyberspace and have access to my bookmarks. With netscape you are limited to the machine on which you're running netscape or to the floppy disk housing the bookmark file.

Adding links to the Lynx

  1. The command to add a site to the bookmark file is a.
    After pressing the a key Lynx will ask you to enter l or d or c. C will cancel the request. The l and d options are a *little* tricky. The d option adds the entire document that you're looking at. ie, the web page. The l option adds the *link* the cursor is resting on. Try both options to get an idea of how they work.
  2. The command to view your bookmark is v. Once the bookmarks are displayed onscreen just move your cursor down to highlight an entry you want and press the enter key.
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Usenet Newsgroups

The Usenet newsgroups serve as gigantic bulletin boards that have been set up in a public square. Unlike listservs, or mailing lists, the newsgroup postings do not *come to you* (via your email), rather you must go to them. This is done with software that's made for reading newsgroups. I recommend the Tin newsreader. To read newsgroups, at the unix prompt, type "tin" (NO QUOTES). The program will run and present you with lists of newsgroup titles.

Here are some readings to introduce you to Usenet and to the Tin newsreader.

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Environmental Studies (including Fragile Oceans)

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Mythic Maps of the Cherokee

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Writing and Reflecting on Learning

I thought I'd give you some examples of how people write and learn in cyberspace.

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Myths, Dreams, Symbols

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Conscious Reader Conscious Writer

Here are a few hits I found on your search topics.

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Spirit and Nature

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Home School & Community

And finally, I thought you might be interested in seeing a little about how people are creating and sustaining communities on the Internet.

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For the Teachers

Addressing the question of Intellectual Property on the Internet

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Thinking Globally, Acting Locally