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Module 2

The world wide web

The Web allows you to access most types of information on the Internet through a browser.

One of the main features of the Web is the ability to quickly link to other related information. The Web contains information beyond plain text, including sounds, images and video. We are talking here about public domain Web resources. The Web also provides access to many printed sources of the types mentioned before, e.g. on-line versions of printed journals and technical reports, even books.

Some information is only available via the web and is not permanent: tomorrow’s version may be different from today’s, it may move to another cyber-address, or it may even disappear. It is often difficult to determine the author or even a correct title. These are commonly known as "web pages". These are:

  • not peer-reviewed;
  • not permanent;
  • not 'published' in the traditional sense

Summary

You may use the web:

  • to find current news and information.
  • to link to information provided by the library over the Internet.
  • to find information about companies.
  • to find information from all levels of government.
  • to find both expert and popular opinions.

 

Examples of web addresses:

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

World Resources Institute



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