The World Wide Web
The Internet is a continually growing, world-encompassing network of computers, the exact size is unknown. The World Wide Web is an easy way to look at the information that is available over the Internet. A web browser is a program that you can use to look at the information presented on the World Wide Web. Web browsers contact computers linked to the Internet that hold web pages. The information can be in the form of text, graphics, sounds or a mixture. Internet Explorer and Netscape are two well-known web browsers.
James Cook University is linked to the WWW through the Australian Academic and Research Network, AARNet. As with JCUNet, AARNet is governed by "Acceptable Usage" rules.
IMPORTANT: James Cook University has in place accounting for Internet usage; this means that every time you go browsing the Internet off-campus an amount will be deducted from your quota. When you go off-campus you'll be asked for your account code and password. When you are done browsing remember and close down your Internet browser and log off the machine to stop others using your quota!
You can find out more about internet accounting, check your current balance and get some tips for reducing the cost at:
Running a Web Browser in the GAT Computing Facilities
Start the computer and login as normal. Use your mouse to double click on either the Firefox or Internet Explorer icon to launch the application. The browser window will open on the screen at the current JCU Homepage. Look for the Location: or Address: bar under the menu bar and toolbar buttons, it will contain the text:
This is the address, or URL (Uniform Resource Locator), for the James Cook University Homepage. You can delete the address in the location bar and type in other URL’s.
Links are represented by either text of a different colour and underlined (Hypertext), or by graphics (hyperlink). When you place your mouse pointer over them a little hand appears. If you click once on a hyperlink it will take you to another Internet site or to another web page.
Because the General Access computers do not allow changes to be made to the applications you are unable to create your own bookmarks. You will need to keep track of any webpages either on a disk or by writing them down. The GATCF computers do however contain a list of pre-defined bookmarks with links to frequently accessed pages such as LearnJCU, StudentsOnline, and CopyPrint.
Searching the Web
There is a vast amount of information available on the Internet stored at numerous locations. There will be something on almost everything. This means that it can be like trying to find a needle in a haystack, but search tools are available. Search boxes can be found at the top of all official JCU pages. From here it is possible to search web pages on the JCU web site.
The results you get will be displayed in descending order of relevance to your query and will take the form of links to pages.
If you don’t find what you’re looking for try to redefine your search and remember that the results you receive will vary between different search tools.
Information for Staff
Once you find a page that you would like to revisit then create a bookmark (Firefox) or a favorite (Internet Explorer). In Firefox click on Bookmarks and from the drop down menu that appears select Bookmark this page. This will add the page address to your bookmarks. In Internet Explorer click on Favourites and select Add to Favourites. To access pages via your bookmark list, simply click on Bookmarks or Favourites and click on the name of the page that you want revisit.