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The Essential Guide to the Internet for Health Professionals - Sydney S. Chellen

The Essential Guide to the Internet for Health Professionals

Book with Other Items Published: 11th May 2000
ISBN: 9780415227476
Number Of Pages: 232

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There is a wealth of health information on the Internet. Today's students of health studies and all health care professionals must be able to use this valuable resource and extract from it what is most relevant and useful. In order for them to do this purposefully and skillfully, they need to have a thorough understanding of how the system works and have the ability to navigate their way around it with ease. This text offers a photocopiable resource for lecturers. It shows students: how to get online; how to navigate the Worldwide Web how to find health information on the Internet; how to communicate with other health professionals; how to access free health and medical resources; how to publish on the web; how to use online help with health studies assignments; and how to search for jobs. Each chapter contains easy-to-follow activities and photocopiable worksheets.

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"Chellen clearly shows how to get online; navigate the Web; find health information on the Internet; communicate with other health professionals via e-mail or by joining discussion groups, mailing lists, etc.; access free health and medical information; publish on the Web; use online help with health studies assignments; and search for jobs."-"Choice "This interactive beginner's handbook and wonderful 'self-paced' guide contains easy-to-follow activities and 17 worksheets that can be photocopied. It offers readers a number of opportunities to practice what they have just read with clear, understandable reproductions of screen shots....The Essential Guide is for anyone, health professional and consumers alike. Recommended."-"Choice

Forewordp. xi
To the studentp. xii
Acknowledgementsp. xiv
Introductionp. 1
Who should use this book?p. 1
How is this book structured?p. 1
Icons usedp. 2
Conventions usedp. 2
How to use this book?p. 3
Some assumptionsp. 3
What will you achieve?p. 3
Overview of the units in this bookp. 4
Health and the net--an overviewp. 5
The World Wide Webp. 6
Databasesp. 6
Electronic mailp. 7
Newsgroupsp. 8
Mailing listsp. 8
Internet Relay Chat (IRC)p. 9
Voice on the Net (VON)p. 9
File transfer protocol (FTP)p. 9
Archiep. 9
Gopherp. 10
Telnetp. 10
Publishing on the netp. 10
Online help with your health studies and job searchp. 10
Getting onlinep. 13
Obtaining a college computing accountp. 15
Ten key points for protecting your passwordp. 15
Choosing and remembering a passwordp. 16
Getting started with the college computing systemp. 16
Regulations governing college computing facilitiesp. 17
Activity: Logging on to your college systemp. 17
Getting started with a computing system at homep. 17
Activity: Equipment needed to surf the netp. 18
Which computer?p. 18
Activity: which VDU?p. 20
Which modem?p. 20
Incoming calls and call waitingp. 21
Which type of telephone line?p. 21
Which communication software?p. 21
Which Internet Service Provider?p. 22
How does an account with a service provider work?p. 23
Taking out a subscriptionp. 23
Signing upp. 24
How does one get an account for a system at home?p. 25
How do I use an online service?p. 25
JANET and the webp. 25
Activity: Checklist for JNDS accountp. 26
The world wide webp. 27
Understanding the webp. 29
The nature of hypertext and hyperlinksp. 29
Recognising a linkp. 30
Storage of web pagesp. 30
Web browsersp. 30
Starting your browserp. 31
Activity: Logging on and off the Internet on the college networkp. 31
Some important features of Internet Explorer and NetScape browsersp. 33
Anatomy of a web pagep. 33
Web addresses (URLs)p. 34
Some common service typesp. 35
Domain namesp. 36
Navigating the webp. 37
Internet Explorer toolbarp. 37
Activity: Exploring the webp. 38
Address or Location boxp. 39
Hotlistsp. 39
Exchanging hotlistsp. 41
Activity: Entering URLs and adding interesting sites to your hotlistp. 41
Selected UK and foreign web sites applicable for nursing and allied professionsp. 41
Associations, organisations and UK statutory bodiesp. 44
Adult nursing and medicinep. 49
Alternative medicinep. 53
General health informationp. 54
Mental health nursing, psychiatry and learning disabilitiesp. 57
Midwifery and health visitingp. 60
Paediatric nursing and medicinep. 61
Paramedicalp. 62
Healthcare researchp. 63
Journals for health professionalsp. 65
Libraries and free health databasesp. 66
Electronic publication and citationp. 68
Quality of public servicesp. 69
Finding health information on the internetp. 71
Tools for searching health, medical and general web sitesp. 73
Web directoriesp. 73
Carrying out a search using a web directoryp. 73
Activity: making a simple search using Yahoop. 74
Some search strategiesp. 75
How to set search optionsp. 75
Search resultsp. 75
Browsing Yahoo's web directoryp. 76
Activity: Browsing Yahoo! UK and Irelandp. 76
Search enginesp. 78
How to select the right search engine to usep. 79
Carrying out a search using a search enginep. 79
Activity: Exploring a web site using Lycosp. 80
Activity: Exploring a web site using alternative search enginesp. 81
Information gateways for health and medical sourcesp. 81
NHS Gatewayp. 82
OMNIp. 83
SOSIGp. 84
Health on the net (HON)p. 85
Activity: Bookmarking sites of interestp. 85
Activity: Database searching using OMNIp. 00
Online databases relevant to health students and staffp. 86
Activity: What's availablep. 88
Developing search strategiesp. 88
Activity: Writing a search statementp. 89
Searching databasesp. 89
Activity: Searching health databasesp. 90
Printing your findsp. 100
Communicating with other health professionals by e-mailp. 101
Understanding the electronic mail systemp. 103
How does e-mail work?p. 103
Downsides of e-mailp. 103
E-mail programsp. 104
E-mail headersp. 104
Understanding electronic mail addressesp. 105
The anatomy of an e-mail addressp. 105
Reading e-mail addressesp. 106
Typing e-mail addressesp. 106
Finding e-mail addressesp. 106
Using e-mail on a college networkp. 106
The mechanics of e-mailp. 107
Undelivered e-mailp. 108
Replying to e-mail messagesp. 108
Using reply to answer e-mail messagesp. 109
Forwarding e-mail and the lawp. 109
Activity: Using Simeon mailp. 110
Attaching filesp. 110
Attachment problemsp. 111
Activity: attaching files to an e-mail messagep. 111
Deleting or moving incoming mailp. 111
Creating foldersp. 112
Activity: Forwarding, saving, printing, deleting, undeleting, creating a new folder, transferring messages to other foldersp. 113
What you need to use e-mail at homep. 113
Activity: What do you need?p. 113
E-mail conventions (netiquette)p. 114
Do's and don'tsp. 114
Flaming health professionalsp. 114
Coping with e-mail overloadp. 115
Composing e-mail onlinep. 115
Using keyboard characters to convey feelingsp. 115
Symbols and acronymsp. 116
Other options and issuesp. 117
Signaturesp. 117
Address booksp. 117
Activity: Create an address book and a signature file in Simeonp. 117
Joining health discussion groups, mailing lists etc.p. 119
Getting involved with newsgroupsp. 121
How do newsgroups work?p. 121
Newsgroup namesp. 121
Reading articlesp. 123
Activity: Using your home or college system to read articlesp. 124
Keeping the cost downp. 124
Old newsp. 126
Newsgroup netiquettep. 126
Posting your first articlep. 126
Activity: Posting and follow-ups of articles to newsgroupsp. 128
Online helpp. 128
Posting header fieldsp. 129
Asking for help from newsgroupsp. 129
Getting involved with mailing listsp. 131
Mailing addressesp. 131
Determining administrative addressesp. 132
Finding a mailing listp. 133
Getting on and off a mailing listp. 135
Activity: Subscribing to a mailing listp. 136
Receiving mailing list messagesp. 136
Sending messages to a mailing listp. 137
Making special requests to mailing listsp. 137
Locating archives of past messagesp. 138
Obtaining a list of subscribersp. 138
Concealing your namep. 138
Starting an Internet Relay Chat (IRC)p. 139
Connecting to IRCp. 140
Activity: Using mIRC to chat and talkp. 140
Some IRC commandsp. 140
Hearing your voice on the netp. 141
Activity: Checklist of hardware specificationsp. 142
A selection of VON programsp. 142
The gateway to free health and medical resourcesp. 143
FTP - What is it?p. 145
Private vs anonymous sitesp. 145
How to get access to FTP sitesp. 146
Activity: Using your browser to access FTP sitesp. 146
Using a dedicated FTP programp. 147
Activity: Using a dedicated FTP program to access FTP sitesp. 147
Using an e-mail program to get to FTP sitesp. 149
Using Archie to find the health material you wantp. 149
Activity: Using Archie to find a filep. 150
Gopherspacep. 150
How does a Gopher work?p. 151
Telnet your way to nursing and medical literaturep. 152
Activity: searching library catalogues from homep. 152
Publishing on the world wide webp. 155
The web languagep. 157
How does HTML work?p. 157
Creating a simple web pagep. 157
Activity: Steps for creating a simple web pagep. 158
Maximising HTMLp. 160
Formatting textp. 161
Heading tagsp. 161
Inserting paragraphs and linesp. 161
Creating links to other sitesp. 163
Activity: Linking your web page to other website(s)p. 164
Adding picturesp. 166
Using HTML editorsp. 166
Getting your web page on the netp. 166
Broadcasting your web pagep. 166
Online help with your health studies and job searchp. 169
Using online tutorials to develop study skills for health coursesp. 171
Evaluating health and medical resources available on the webp. 172
Referencing health material obtained from electronic sourcesp. 173
What is meant by referencing?p. 173
Formats of referencesp. 173
Referencing internet sourcesp. 176
Referencing non-internet sourcesp. 179
Finding a health or health related job onlinep. 180
Twelve big questions and answersp. 183
Appendicesp. 193
The user agreementp. 193
UK service providersp. 194
Country codesp. 197
Troubleshooting error messagesp. 199
Glossary of termsp. 200
References and recommended further readingp. 206
Worksheets
Logging on and off the internet on a college networkp. 32
Exploring the World Wide Webp. 39
Entering URLsp. 42
Adding a website address to a hotlistp. 43
Searching with Yahoo's web directoryp. 74
Browsing with Yahoo's web directoryp. 77
Searching with Lycosp. 80
Database searching with OMNIp. 86
Searching health databases (CINAHL)p. 91
Using online help to get started with newsgroupsp. 125
Creating a session profilep. 148
Searching library catalogues from homep. 153
Searching library catalogues from home (2)p. 154
Creating a simple web pagep. 159
Creating a simple web page (2)p. 160
Creating a link to another web sitep. 164
Creating a link to another web site (2)p. 165
Indexp. 209
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ISBN: 9780415227476
ISBN-10: 041522747X
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Book with Other Items
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 232
Published: 11th May 2000
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 28.58 x 20.96  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.53
Edition Number: 1

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