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.bio, sci.answers, or news.answers.
-- Gopher to sunsite.unc.edu, 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.
Sunsite.unc.edu offers public telnet access to their own gopher client,
if you don't have your own. Telnet to sunsite.unc.edu and read the
instructions before the login prompt.
-- FTP to sunsite.unc.edu. 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 rtfm.mit.edu with the text
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".
Rtfm.mit.edu also accepts anonymous FTP requests.