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
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!
Health Related Searches
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
- Using and finding Usenet's and newsgroups
- 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 Save
- 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!
- FROM THE COMPOSE MENU:
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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