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Learning the Library: Using the Internet Wisely

Information Literacy and Library Instruction

"The Internet"?

OSI protocol stack, via Credo.

Figure 1.

Network protocols. (2003). In E. Reilly, A. Ralston & D. Hemmendinger (Eds.), Encyclopedia of computer science. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley. Retrieved from

how to spot fake news

How Does the Internet Work?

The Internet, a network of computer networks, is the hardware in which the World Wide Web and other online content resides. Saying "I found it on the Internet" or "on the Web" is only saying you found it in a computer. That means nothing about the reliability, validity, or authority of the information or how someone else might locate it.

Some  concepts explained, from Petr Gazarov of

          Click here for a popular description, written when the Internet was fifty years old.

                    Click for "How Does the Internet work?," an Internet Whitepaper from Rus Shuler via Stanford University (2002).