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Finding Things on the Web

One of the great uses for the WWW is being able to search for just about anything and to be able to share with people who have common interests through discussion groups called Listservs or Mailinglists. Best of all, you can do all this while still in your pajamas!

               Searching the Web          Using & Finding Mailinglists

animated search.gif (16623 bytes)SEARCHING THE WEB

Web searches can be done using Search Engines. There are many, and each is set up differently - experiment to find the one you prefer.  

New to searches? Try these first.

Webhound This site offers basic information on how to use, and search, the web. It includes instructions on how to use search engines and offers hands on practice.
How To Search The Web Descriptions of many of the individual search engines and how they differ.
Search Engines 
This is just a partial list - new ones are coming on line all the time!

General Searches

Yahoo This is a good one to start with if you are new to searching.

wpe3.jpg (1067 bytes)  Health Related Searches

Reveal Home Page

Mega Search This one works differently from those above. It searches the search engines! This means you will get 'hits' from many sources. It also means you will have to filter through a lot of material.
Subject Specific Searches
Yahoo! - Health
People  A way to search for email and postal addresses as well as telephone numbers.
Internet Innovations A huge collection of links in areas such as art, cooking, entertainment, government services, computer hardware and software, internet related sources, and lots more.
Merriam-Webster  Need a definition? Search more than 160,000 entries in the Web's most up-to-date dictionary and  thesaurus.
Netscape's Yellow Pages
Time Warner's Pathfinder Has links to news and periodicals
The New York Times on the Web
Using and finding Usenet's and newsgroups
Usenet Info Center Launch Pad

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Using Listservs/Mailinglists/Lists

Lists are topic related discussion groups you participate in through email.You enroll,or subscribe, and then receive daily email that is meant for all members. Some groups are very active and generate a great deal of mail.

Lists offer an opportunity to meet and share with others who have similar interests. Members typically ask questions and share experiences.

Finding Lists For a Particular Subject

There are several resources listed in Nursing and Health Care Resources, and The Nurses Call Web Site that offer extensive lists of lists, including ones that are health related and condition specific (for example AIDS, Pain, etc.). In addition, the following sites let you search for a mailing list for just about any subject.

The Details

Each list has an address to subscribe (or unsubscribe) to. This is NOT the address you use for communicating with members once you join - you will be sent that information when you are sent enrollment conformation. Remember ranimated reminder.gif (348 bytes)Save it!

Note that when you send mail to a listserv it is only read by a computer. Therefore when you subscribe, unsubscribe, or in some way change your subscription you need to use the correct computers address, otherwise all the list members read your request, but nothing gets changed!

How to Subscribe

Use your Email program and follow the directions below to sign up. Remember, each list will generate mail every day!

In the To: section type in the given email address. Be exact in the spelling, punctuation and spacing. Some addresses are case sensitive too. Put nothing on the subject line! This is a common reason for subscriptions getting bounced back! Instead, scroll down to the message section and type in the instructions exactly as given for the list you select.
Send the E-Mail.
Check back later for conformation that you are a subscriber to the list. If you were successful, you will receive a welcoming note with important instructions. SAVE THIS!  Make note of the email address needed to correspond with the other members of the List. Remember, this is NOT the same address you use to subscribe or unsubscribe.
You will start receiving messages on your e-mail account from other members. These are general messages which are intended to be read by all members.
To reply to a message, select reply from the menu of the email program you are using. It is not necessary to send back the entire message you are replying to - edit it down to just the heart of the material.
Please remember to unsubscribe to each list you join, when you no longer plan on reading the mail from them.

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