All of the reading material for the course is contained in the lessons below. Use the tabs above or the navigation buttons at the end of each page to advance through the lesson materials. At the end of each lesson you will have a link back to MyHCC (Canvas) where you will find the quiz for each lesson. Please follow the course schedule closely for due dates.
- Course Introduction -- What is the Internet?
This reading provides an introduction to using the Internet as an information resource, a brief history of the Internet, and information about how the Internet works. After you read the Module move on to Lesson 1.
- Lesson 1 -- Internet Communication
Introduces Internet communication tools, including electronic mail and discussion groups such as mailing lists, groups, chat, and web conferencing. Discusses basic rules of netiquette, which define appropriate behavior for Internet communication. After you read the Module, complete Quiz #1. (Note: Quiz #1 is based on the Introduction and Lesson 1)
- Lesson 2 -- Web Search Engines and Other Web Tools
Provides tips and strategies for using Web search engines and meta-search engines effectively and efficiently. Discusses the difference between search engines and directories and covers file format and multimedia searching. After you read the Module, complete Quiz #2.
- Lesson 3 -- Research Strategies
Covers selecting a topic and planning a research strategy. Includes an introduction to keyword and Boolean search techniques which may be used with many Internet search tools and with most electronic library databases and reference tools. After you read the Module, complete Quiz #3.
- Lesson 4 -- Library Databases
An increasing number of information resources are available via the Internet only to libraries or organizations who subscribe for a fee. Introduces several subscription-based resources available via your community college library. After you read the Module, complete Quiz #4.
- Lesson 5 -- Evaluating Internet Resources
Explains how to evaluate Internet resources for usefulness and reliability. After you read the Module, complete Quiz #5.
- Lesson 6 --Documenting Internet Resources
Explains and provides examples for documenting Internet and online subscription-based resources using the MLA and APA citation formats. After you read the Module, complete Quiz #6.
- The Glossary provides definitions of terminology used in this course.