Biologist's Internet Resource Guide

Una Smith una at
Fri Aug 5 09:58:03 EST 1994

Emma Macfarlane <emma at HERA.MED.UTORONTO.CA> wrote:

> I have a copy of 'A Biologist's Guide to Internet Resources' by
> Una Smith ... The instructions in it on how to get the latest
> version are: 

Emma's copy of my guide is a little out of date, and the directions
for getting new versions have changed.  Here are the new directions:

				How to Get
		A Biologist's Guide to Internet Resources

The free, 40-page Guide contains an overview and lists of free Internet
resources such as:  scientific discussion groups, including newsgroups
and mailing lists;  research newsletters, directories, and bibliographies;
the major biological data and software archives;  tools for finding and
retrieving information;  answers to some frequently asked questions;  and
a bibliography of useful books and Internet documents.

The Guide is available in several formats:  as a plain ASCII file for easy
retrieval and printing of the entire document, as a menu for reading online,
and in an attractive PostScript format (for laser printing).  There is also
a French translation.

The Guide is available on the Internet, and can be obtained via gopher,
anonymous FTP, and e-mail.

Gopher:  Go to, and choose this sequence of menu items:

		Worlds of SunSITE -- by Subject
			Ecology and Evolution
				A Biologist's Guide...

      Or, from any gopher offering other biology gophers by subject, look
      for the menu item "Ecology and Evolution".  Here is the direct link

		Name=A Biologist's Guide (in a choice of formats)
		Port=70 offers public telnet access to their gopher client
      (and Wais and hypertext clients as well!), if you don't have your own.
      Telnet to and read the instructions before the login

Anonymous FTP:  Connect to  Give the username "anonymous"
      and your e-mail address as the password.  Use the "cd" command to go
      to the directory

      and use "get bioguide.faq" to copy the ASCII version of the Guide to
      your computer.  Use "get" for the PostScript version, or
      see the README file for more information.

E-mail:  Send the text:

		cd pub/academic/biology/ecology+evolution/bioguide
		get bioguide.faq
		get README
		ftpmail at

      You will receive the Guide in several parts:  save each part separately,
      use a text editor to delete the e-mail headers and trailers of each,
      and merge them.  You will also receive the README file from the same
      directory as the Guide, and a help file for using the ftpmail service.
      Use "quit" to prevent the ftpmail server from trying to interpret your
      signature as an instruction.  For help using the ftpmail server, use
      "help" (see this file for many helpful tips).

Usenet:  When they come out, new versions of the Guide are posted to several
      Usenet newsgroups.  Look in sci.answers or news.answers.

	Una Smith			smith-una at

Department of Biology, Yale University, New Haven, CT  06520-8104  USA

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