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Lesson 2: Using addresses and links

You can get to a Web site by typing in an http address -- also called a Uniform Resource Locator (URL) -- in Explorer's address box. Try typing in the addresses listed below. Be careful -- a single typing error will cause you to miss your destination. Most folks new to the Internet make lots of mistakes typing in addresses. Then they end up getting a message "This page cannot be found." If you get this message, always double check for typos.

Not necessary to type http

Unless you're using an old version of Explorer, you can get by without typing in the http://. Beginning just with www will do the job. Explorer will automatically put in the http for you. Http stands for HyperText Transfer Protocol.

If a site does not have www in the address, start typing at the first word after the two slashes //. Note, for example, the thomas site below, the second site listed.


Links make it easy

Web sites often have several links. You can always tell a link because your mouse pointer turns into a hand when it is above a link. Links make it a lot easier to get to Web sites than typing in http addresses. Following are links for the above addresses. Just click on them to get you to the sites. Remember to use the Back button to return to this page.

Graphics can be links, too. Click on this graphic and see where it takes you. Again, remember the Back button to return to this page: Book with turning pages.

Here is an animated graphic that serves as a link to a movie information site: spinning movie film

Suggested Web Site List

By using the Suggested Website List especially prepared for this class, you can get to hundreds of valuable sites by clicking links organized into different categories.


Here you will find additional information related to this lesson at these Internet sites. Other sources for all the Lessons are found in the Links page.
  • Web Novice. All about Internet addresses.
  • Web Teacher. More about Internet addresses.
  • Net Lingo. Defnes links.
  • Self-Pace Internet Tutorial. More help on links.

Question Bank

Answer the Question Bank questions to make sure you have learned this lesson. Remember that your final exam will be made up of questions selected from this Question Bank.


Be sure to do the Exercises for each lesson.
The next lesson is Lesson 3 : Selecting a Home Page


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