Reposted from elsewhere on the net - this is a very useful document, and
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.
Gopher: Go 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 subject, look
for the menu item "Ecology and Evolution". 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 gopher client,
if you don't have your own. Telnet to sunsite.unc.edu and read the
instructions before the login prompt.
Anonymous FTP: Connect 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.
E-mail: Send the text:
mail-server at rtfm.mit.edu
You will receive the Guide in several parts: save each part
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
on (more or less) scientific topics. Use "quit" to prevent the mail
server from trying to interpret your signature as an instruction.
help using the mail server, use "help".
Rtfm.mit.edu also accepts anonymous FTP requests.
Usenet: Look in sci.answers or news.answers.
Una Smith smith-una at yale.edu
Department of Biology, Yale University, New Haven, CT 06520-8104 USA