Internet – a mammoth complex of computer connections across continents Device used to connect on the internet: 1. Node 2.

Modem Primary uses in Nursing: 1. E-mail 2. News groups 3. Access to the WWW E-mail - provides greater collaboration between teachers and students, and between students to students. - enrich the learning interactions - can be a source of peer support for students - can be used between patients and physicians and nurses E-mail can be used as a means for patients’: 1. Referrals 2. Consultations 3. Post discharge follow-up Listserv – group of people who have similar interests and want to share information and experiences regarding those interests in a type of discussion group - Individual mailbox messages Ex. Listserv for nurse educators, nursing students, and nursing practice specialties News Groups – their messages appear in a general mailbox that everyone views. News Reader Software – special programs Ex. sci.med.nursing – group discussing all kinds of nursing issues World Wide Web – collection of millions of documents found on web pages that interface to the Internet - contains full ext articles or abstracts “Educators should consider using the Internet and WWW in the classroom when information that is required is not in the textbook or the library.” - Kiser Ex. MEDLINE - made by National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health – teach senior citizens how to access and use 22 health information resources on the internet. Two problems exist in using WWW and teaching others to use it:

1. Difficulty in finding the websites pertinent to your purpose 2. Lack of quality in many websites World Wide Web searches WWW - has millions of sites affiliated with it, none of which are catalogued or indexed. - surfing may be fun at times - inefficient way to proceed when looking for specific information - uses different databases and different techniques for its indexing Regular Search Engine – indexes web pages for you and gives you the URL Metasearch Engine – conducts a search of several databases from other search engines of tools - produce more complete and less redundant search. Consult Help files or Options menu of the search engines for instructions. Evaluating WWW sites No monitoring or quality control system for the Internet. Criteria for Evaluating the Quality of WWW sites Purpose 1. The potential audience should be stated (i.e. for adults, children, laypeople, or professionals) 2. The purpose of the site should be stated Currency 1. The site should contain up-to-date information 2. The pages should be updated frequently and the date of revision should be noted at the end of the pages. Credibility 1. The author’s credentials should be listed and should be appropriate to the content 2. The author’s organizational affiliation should be listed, if any 3. Anonymous sites should be handled with caution 4. Sites sponsored by sales companies should be evaluated for their objectivity and possible conflicts of interest Content Accuracy 1. The facts should be verifiable as being accurate and true 2. Links to other sites should confirm the accuracy of the first 3. The content should be logical and scientific 4. Content should be comprehensive and “tell the whole story” 5. References should be included in the site

Design 1. Pages should be simple, not too cluttered with graphics or boxes 2. An internal search engine or site map should be included for comprehensive sites 3. It should be easy to move around the site without getting lost 4. Links to other sites should be useful, and it should be indicated whether you can or cannot return from the linked site

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