the Internet

The Internet is a global network, connecting many smaller individual networks. For example, computers in this library are connected to other computers inside and to a Michigan educational network. The Michigan network is connected to regional, national and international networks.

The Internet is also a set of "protocols" that allow you to communicate with people, move files between computers, and find and share information. The protocols you are likely to use are:


for communicating with people across the Internet


(hypertext transfer protocol) for making Web pages accessible


for logging into other computers such as databases and host computers


(file transfer protocol) for downloading and uploading files from one computer to another across the Internet