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7.46. What are some good places to continue learning about how to find information on the Internet?

I'm tempted to answer with a Zen koan, something about how the search for learning is a lifelong process, but that's probably not the best way to end this chapter! Instead, remember that there are a lot of different people out there who are also interested in the topics that interest you, and that the network is changing--and improving--daily. Start with the FAQ files if your topic is related to a Usenet group. Check Veronica to see whether there are any files in the vast reaches of Gopherspace, too. (And persevere. If you pick a busy time, you'll get lots of too busy - try again soon messages.) Check Archie if you're looking for specific files or documents. Build up a list of sites and files that you find particularly helpful; my Gopher bookmark list, for example, is up to 44 entries, and I constantly modify it to ensure that it lists the best places for the information I seek. If you use Mosaic, then learn how to use the Hot Key feature to remember where you've been. Write it down. Ask your friends. And if you've exhausted all other channels, ask a brief question to the appropriate newsgroup or mailing list.

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