Section 5: What is the World Wide Web?
Websites are stored on server computers and have addresses (similar to Email addresses) that allow other computers on the Internet to access them. These addresses are called URLs. URL stands for Universal Resource Locator. Look at the picture below. Can you find the address of our school website?
What parts of the address remind you of what you learned about Email addresses?
The portion of the address between http:// and the next / is the name of the server where the webpage is stored. Everything after that is the location of folders and files on that server.
How can you go to different websites?
So many websites ... so little time! With so many MILLIONS of websites, you need to plan carefully when you search. Make sure you understand exactly what you are looking for. Using the search terms "Humpback whales in Hawaii" would bring you far fewer hits than the generic "whales." When possible, use a Directory Search engine first ... you know that someone else has looked at the website and made sure it has information about your subject.
Make sure to pick the best sites you can ...
And now that you know how to find information on the Internet, you have one last thing to learn ... how to use it responsibly! Let's go on to Section 6.
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