If you are new to the Internet, you will find that getting the information you want from a website is a matter of knowing how to move from page to page so that you
- avoid getting lost, and
- get to the information you want quickly.
The purpose of this section is to describe the basics you need in order to move about easily - like moving from one page to another in a book. "Moving about" means that you go from one part of a Web site to another or that you go to another website.
One way to move about a website is to click on underlined words, like "e-mail" in the Contact Us box to the right. Clicking there will take you to a page from which you can e-mail Dr. Gordon. Another way to move about is to click on any word or group of words that are NOT underlined, but as you move your computer mouse, the marker that moves to indicate where you are on the screen changes into the shape of a hand. Whenever you are see that the indicator has changed into a hand, you are over an active link to other places — within the website or outside a site. Clicking on the area that is an active link will take you to the new area. Sometimes the active link lies beneath a picture (such as the Mount Sinai logo at the top of this page) or beneath a "button", such as the Search button at the top, right of the page.
Websites, like this one, are organized somewhat like a book. This makes it easy for you to move about to find what you need within a website. A website is like a book in the following ways:
- The website has many pages. What you see on your screen now is one page. It begins with the title "Brain Injury Research Center of Mount Sinai" and ends with the links on the bottom of the screen.
- Unlike a book, pages of a website vary in length. One page containing a lot of information may fill many screens, while another page with less information will fit in a single screen.
- Different types of information within a website are typically separated into sections, similar to a book being broken into chapters. Most of the sections of a website consist of several pages. "Internet Tips" is one section of this website.
- The sections of a website are usually listed on the first or second page of a website, like a book's table of contents. This listing of sections is called the Main Menu.
This website's main menu appears on the left hand side of its pages. On this page it begins with "About Us" and ends with "Web Resources".
Main Menus and Section Menus
Once you click on a topic listed in the main menu, a sub-menu will appear. This is a list indicating topics covered within the topic you’ve clicked. For example, if you click on "Resources" (on the main menu), you will see listed all parts of the Resources section.
Moving within a Section
To move through a page or a section of a website, you click on the scroll bar, which is part of the window frame on the right side of your computer screen. The scroll bar must be clicked on when a page of a website contains more than one screen of information. To move to an area that you haven't yet read, click below the colored button on the scroll bar that indicates where you currently are within a section. For example, if you are at the beginning of a section, the colored button on the scroll bar will be at the top, but if you are in the middle of a section, it will be in the middle of the bar.
Other Kinds of Moves
Sometimes you will want to make other kinds of moves:
- Going back to look at previous pages, or
- Getting to other parts of a website.
These kinds of moves can be done quickly:
- To return to previously selected pages, click on the button at the top of your computer screen (at the top of the window frame), which may be labeled "Back" or more typically has an arrow pointed to the left. Keep clicking until you get to the page you want.
- To move to another section within the website, click on the title of the section listed on the main menu (on the left hand of the screen on this website).
Printing Text from Web Sites
If you wish to print a copy of what you are reading on a website screen, you simply click on the symbol for the printer (the printer icon) at the top of your computer screen (this button is found above the window frame). A box will then open on the screen. To print the material you want, click on the"Print" button within the box.
Other Ways to Learn about the Internet
We have provided very simple instructions for moving about this website. You can purchase relatively inexpensive books, to learn more about the Internet. We have listed two. Although the titles of these books are humorous, they contain solid information for newcomers.
- The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Internet. Author: Peter Kent. Cost: $14 (approximate)
- The Internet for Dummies. Authors: John R. Levine and others. Cost: $15 (approximate)