ERIC Identifier: ED385326
Publication Date: 1995-06-00
Author: Foote, Elizabeth
Source: ERIC Clearinghouse for
Community Colleges Los Angeles CA.
Internet Resources for Community College Practitioners. ERIC
The Internet is an international computer network consisting of thousands of
smaller interconnected computer networks. This digest describes some of the
Internet resources that are available to community college practitioners at no
To best use all of the Internet services described in this digest, you will
IBM-compatible computer capable of running Windows, or a MAC with a processor of
68030 or better;
relatively fast modem -- at least 14,000 baud per second;
Internet provider; and
software (which is usually supplied by the Internet provider).
The faster your computer and modem is, the faster your connections to the
Internet will be. If you are incurring telephone or access charges when
accessing the Internet, speed will be an important consideration. To access the
full multi-media capabilities of the World Wide Web, you will need greater
computer/modem speed than if you want to access Gopher or other text-based
The World Wide Web (WWW) is an Internet facility that uses hypertext and
multimedia techniques to make the Web easy for users to browse. To access the
WWW, you need a client program such as Mosaic, Cello, or Lynx.
For help with finding an Internet provider near you, call your State
Department of Education or ACCESS ERIC at 1-800-LET-ERIC.
GUIDES TO INTERNET RESOURCES
Subject-Oriented Internet Resource Guides: A large collection of guides to
Internet resources categorized by topic.
Rice University Gopher: Menus of resources maintained elsewhere are organized
by subject matter at this site. It includes a broad range of topics, including
art, journalism, medicine, aerospace, mathematics, and literature.
address: riceinfo.rice.edu (select Information by Subject Area)
W3 Servers: A catalog of all registered WWW servers. They are arranged
geographically (by continent, country, and state) or by subject.
COMMUNITY COLLEGE INTERNET SITES
College maintains a gopher site with pointers to many of the gopher sites set up
by community colleges. They offer information on their campuses, courses
available, athletic and social events, and school policies.
address: gopher1.faytech.cc.nc.us (select Community College Gophers)
Community Colleges Web Directory contains a collection of pointers to Web
servers at community colleges.
Educati on Virtual Library lists education related Web sites alphabetically
and by education level, resources provided, country, and type of site.
Community College League of California maintains a home page with legislative
information, publications, and conference news.
ERIC Clearinghouse for Community Colleges has collected bibliographies on
community college topics.
Project Gutenberg: Classics, poetry, and
historical documents in full text
address: joeboy.micro.umn.edu (select ebooks)
address: deneva.sdd.trw.com (the cd/etext) username: anonymous password:
Internet Wiretap: All of the Project Gutenberg books, plus White House press
releases, laws, and other legal documents.
Florida Tech Education Gopher: Provides
a collection of reference sources, including the American English Dictionary,
Roget's Thesaurus, the U.S. Zip Code Directory, the CIA World Factbook,
telephone area code directories for the United States and foreign countries, and
1990 U.S. Census data.
address: sci-ed.fit.edu 70 (select Reference Desk)
Libraries of Purdue University: An extensive collection of ready reference
The U.S. Department of Education
provides information on legislation, programs (such as Goals 2000 and
School-to-Work), publications, statistics, and educational software on their
gopher. Links to other education gophers are included.
Library of Congress Marvel includes Congressional, White House, and State
Department information as well as links to international, federal, state, and
local government resources. It also contains over 27 million searchable records
of materials cataloged and held by the Library of Congress.
Yale University provides access to
worldwide library catalogs. Users can browse through a geographic listing or
search by institution, library name, or city.
Library of Congress also provides telnet access to their holdings, as well as
U.S. government copyright files, federal legislation, and foreign law.
Usenet Newsgroups are an electronic
bulletin board system, accessible through the Internet, that consists of
discussion forums on thousands of topics. Contact your system operator for
instructions for access. Community college practitioners might be interested in
the following groups:
Listserv are automated programs that serve as
distribution centers for mail messages. They are organized around a central
theme or issue, and provide a forum for individuals to pose questions and share
information with colleagues. To participate, you must subscribe by sending an
e-mail message to the listserv program. For example, to subscribe to COMMCOLL
you would address the message to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your message would read "subscribe commcoll <your name>."
Below are listservs of interest to community college practitioners:
college administrators, faculty and staff.
and adjunct faculty in community colleges and universities.
For a list of more listservs, e-mail the ERIC Clearinghouse for Community
Colleges at email@example.com and ask for "A Guide to Listservs for
Community College Practitioners."
AskERIC is a human mediated question
answering service for teachers, parents, administrators, and others involved in
education. A project of the ERIC Clearinghouse on Information and Technology at
Syracuse University, AskERIC uses the resources of the ERIC system and the
Internet to answer questions sent by electronic mail. Send your questions to
Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University provides help on correct
English usage and writing. Tutors will answer questions by e-mail. Send the
question to firstname.lastname@example.org. They also maintain a gopher at
owl.trc.purdue.edu and a WWW page at http://owl.trc.purdue.edu.
The following books include basic
information on getting started with the Internet, and more resources for
community college educators:
Ellsworth, Jill. EDUCATION AND THE INTERNET: A HANDS ON BOOK OF IDEAS,
RESOURCES, PROJECTS AND ADVICE. Indianapolis, IN: Sams Publishing, 1994.
Fraase, Michael. THE MAC INTERNET TOUR GUIDE. Chapel Hill, NC: Ventana Press,
Hahn, Harley. THE INTERNET YELLOW PAGES. Berkeley, CA: Osborne McGraw-Hill,
Krol, E. THE WHOLE INTERNET: USERS GUIDE AND CATALOG, 2ND ED. Sebastopol, CA:
O'Reilly & Associates, Inc., 1994.
LaQuey, T. INTERNET COMPANION PLUS. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley, 1993.
Levine, John R. and Baroudi, Carol. THE INTERNET FOR DUMMIES. San Mateo, CA:
IDG Books, 1993.
Note: This digest was prepared in July, 1995. The Internet is volatile, and
the addresses are subject to change. Check more recent resources if you are
unable to connect to any of these services.