Guide to Internet

Dr. Mark A. Farmer farmer at EMLAB.ZOO.UGA.EDU
Thu May 26 07:38:35 EST 1994

This may be useful to some of our readers:

                                How to Get

                A Biologist's Guide to Internet Resources

The Guide contains an overview and lists of free Internet resources such as:

        scientific discussion groups:  newsgroups and mailing lists
        research newsletters, directories, and bibliographies
        huge data and software archives
        tools for finding and retrieving information
        a bibliography of useful books and Internet documents

The current version of the free 40-page Guide can be obtained over the
Internet via Usenet, gopher, anonymous FTP and e-mail:

   -- In Usenet, look in, sci.answers, or news.answers.

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

                Worlds of SunSITE -- by Subject
                        Ecology and Evolution

      Or, from any gopher offering other biology gophers by topic, look for
      the menu item "Ecology and Evolution [at UNC and Yale]".  The Guide
      is stored there in two ways:  as a file for easy retrieval of the
      entire file, and as a menu for browsing and retrieving key sections. offers public telnet access to their own gopher client,
      if you don't have your own.  Telnet to and read the
      instructions before the login prompt.

   -- FTP 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 Guide to your computer.

   -- Send e-mail to mail-server at with the text

                send pub/usenet/sci.answers/biology/guide/*
                send pub/usenet/sci.answers/index

      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 a useful index of all other FAQs
      on (more or less) scientific topics.  Use "quit" to prevent the mail
      server from trying to interpret your signature as an instruction.  For
      help using the mail server, use "help". also accepts anonymous FTP requests.

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