niord.shsu.edu cook.cba.usm.edu whale.st.usm.edu wuecona.wustl.edu econwpa.wustl.edu nic.sura.net www.jpmorgan.com hannibal.econ3.uni-bonn.de cs6400.mcc.ac.uk whitehouse.gov
The last protocol is denoted by http (for hypertext transfer protocol); the others just use the name of the protocol. For example, Bill Goffe's on-line guide "Resources for Economists on the Internet," has one URL ftp://rtfm.mit.edu/pub/usenet/sci.econ.research/econ-resources-faq . [This is now at http://www.rfe.org -Web Editor]
This means that the document is available via anonymous ftp from the host rtfm.mit.edu in the file econ-resources-faq, from the directory /pub/usenet/sci.econ.research. Another URL for it is http://econwpa.wustl.edu/EconFAQ/EconFAQ.html. Since this is a web resource (note the http prefix), this is a hypertext version of the guide (in it, one can read about a resource, then immediately jump to it if you are using a web browser).
Some URLs require the "port" number on the server; this will follow the host with a colon preceding the port number. Gopher URLs are sometimes the most difficult, since they contain a variety of information. Some gopher resources have a digit or two between the host and the location which describes the type of data in that URL. For the URL gopher://una.hh.lib.umich.edu:70/11/socsci/econ, the software connects you to the host una.hh.lib.umich.edu, on port 70, and then moves you to the sosci/econ directory (the 11 tells the gopher client what sort of information is contained in econ).
For telnet, there may be additional material for a password and userid. In that case, the URL is telnet://userid:password@host/location.
URLs are easiest to use with World Wide Web browsers (such as Mosaic). One enters the URL, and the material from that URL is brought to the browser, even if it is a web, gopher, ftp, or telnet resource. This ease of use and incorporation of other protocols makes web browsers very useful and powerful. With clients other than web browsers, URLs have to be interpreted a bit. Telnet is usually the easiest here, since there is usually just a given host; with ftp, you must move to the given directory; and with gopher, you might have to search a round a bit since the directories given in the URL might not exactly match the ones you see on the screen. Finally, the protocol should give you a hint about what to expect. With ftp, and usually gopher, you'll be directed to a file, while with telnet you'll usually have some sort of interactive session, and with the web, it might be any of these.
Enclose a short note (or "signature") at the bottom with at least your e-mail address. Some mailing systems mangle the information in the header with your address.
If you have a response, consider responding directly via e-mail if you think no one on the list will be interested.
Watch your temper. E-mail sometimes makes tempers flare. If you think you should wait or tone down your note, you most likely should.
Employ common courtesy. If someone helps you out, a thank you will be appreciated.
Don't type in all capital letters. It is the e-mail equivalent of shouting.
Messages to the list members should be sent to Pol-Econ@SHSU.edu.
Any such message will be sent to all members of the list. Do NOT send material about subscriptions here; everyone on the list will receive it. Not all mailing lists use listserv software as Pol-Econ does, but the same general idea holds: subscription and signoff commands are sent to the software or person running the list, not the list members. More directions and a list of economics mailing lists can be found in Bill Goffe's guide.
telnet://library.lib.usm.edu (library card catalog (Univ. of S. Mississippi))
telnet://iem.biz.uiowa.edu (Iowa Electronic Markets)
(SHSU Economics Gopher -- a good place to start)
gopher://una.hh.lib.umich.edu/11/ebb/monetary (EBB Monetary Data)
[No longer active]
gopher://una.hh.lib.umich.edu/11/ebb/nipa (National Income and Products Accounts Data)
[No longer active]
gopher://bigcat.missouri.edu:70/11/reference/census/us (summary Census information for cities and counties)
[No longer active- Web Editor]
gopher://netec.mcc.ac.uk:70/11/NetEc (Economics working paper bibliographical material)
gopher://town.hall.org:70/11/edgar (SEC's EDGAR)
gopher://mundo.eco.utexas.edu:70/11/aea (AEA Directory)
gopher://vuinfo.vanderbilt.edu:70/11/employment/joe (Job Openings for Economists)
[Now at http://www.inomics.com/query/job_search]
(hypertext version of Bill Goffe's guide)
http://www.census.gov (U.S. Census, including Statistical Abstract and Census Lookup)
[Seems to have stopped working]
http://www.town.hall.org/edgar/edgar.html (SEC's EDGAR)
[Now at http://www.sec.gov/edgarhp.htm -Web Editor]
http://gams.nist.gov (NIST Guide to Available Mathematical Software)
http://www.biz.uiowa.edu/iem/index.html (Iowa Electronic Markets)
http://galaxy.einet.net/galaxy.html (EINet Galaxy - has many hypertext links to various resources)
William L. Goffe
University of Southern Mississippi
George D. Greenwade
Sam Houston State University
Robert P. Parks
The software used in the demo was as follows:
Netscape Web Browser http://mosaic.mcom.com/
WinQVT (telnet, ftp, mail and Usenet newsreader) ftp://ftp.cica.indiana.edu/pub/pc/win3/winsock/qvtw3988.zip
[More recent version at http://www.mirror.ac.uk/sites/garbo.uwasa.fi/windows/winsock/qvtnt381.zip[peek] - Web Editor]
Trumpet Winsock (interface between your modem,ornetwork card and Windows TCP/IP software) http://www.mirror.ac.uk/sites/garbo.uwasa.fi/windows/winsock/winsock.zip[peek]
Bill Goffe's 'Resources for Economists on the Internet' can be obtained in any of the following ways:
gopher://econwpa.wustl.edu/00/ *** Internet Resources for Economists ***
http://econwpa.wustl.edu/EconFAQ/EconFAQ.html (and a number of other sites as well)
Via e-mail, it can be obtained by writing SENDME ECONOMICS.INTERNET-RESOURCES in the body of an e-mail message sent to FILESERV@SHSU.edu or by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org with GET ECON.FAQ in the subject line.
This is a slightly amended version of a handout distributed at the ASSA session "What's on the Internet? A Demonstration?" in Washington D.C. last January. I am grateful to the authors for giving permission to publish it in CHEER.
The authors may be contacted at the following e-mail addresses: