---------------How to Access Electronic Information---------------
GOPHER is an information search and retrieval system that is menu driven. Named after the University of Minnesota's mascot, where the software was developed, there are now hundreds Of GOPHER sites world wide. With GOPHER you can retrieve files, access databases, browse library catalogues throughout the world. And you can find interesting information which can be printed or mailed to you via e-mail.
VERONICA (Very Easy Rodent-Oriented Net-Wide Index to Computerized Archives) indexes information on GOPHER servers. Keyword searches are available on the gopher directories.
TELNET is a way to login to a remote computer. If you know the e-mail address of the host or remote computer, you can TELNET directly to it.
File Transfer Protocol (FTP)
You use FTP to transfer or download files from anywhere by copying from any computer on the Internet to your own. You use it to transfer shareware programs, discussion papers, electronic journals, and so on.
Unlike other Internet tools, FTP uses commands rather than a menu. It isnot for the faint of heart. You should be familiar with basic UNIX and MS-DOS commands if you are going to manipulate the files you retrieve.
ARCHIE (Archive Server Listing Service) is a companion program to FTP. It provides indexes to the directories.
We have touched on the highlights of the Internet. See the bibliography for furtherreading.
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