TitleFYI on Introducing the Internet-- A Short Bibliography of Introductory Internetworking Readings
AuthorE. Hoffman, L. Jackson
DateMay 1993
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Network Working Group                                        E. Hoffman
Request for Comments: 1463                          Merit Network, Inc.
FYI: 19                                                      L. Jackson
                                                               May 1993

                   FYI on Introducing the Internet--
     A Short Bibliography of Introductory Internetworking Readings
                        for the Network Novice

Status of this Memo

   This memo provides information for the Internet community.  It does
   not specify an Internet standard.  Distribution of this memo is


   This bibliography offers a short list of recent information resources
   that will help the network novice become familiar with the Internet,
   including its associated networks, resources, protocols, and history.
   This FYI RFC includes references to free sources of information
   available on-line as well as traditional publications.  A short
   section at the end includes information for accessing the on-line
   files.  This FYI is intentionally brief so it can be easily used as a
   handout by user services personnel.


   This document is based upon the work of the User Documents Working
   Group in the User Services Area of the Internet Engineering Task
   Force (IETF).

Bibliography of Introductory Readings

   The following list includes a number of sources for learning about
   the Internet.  If you have more questions about the Internet, the
   best source of information is your network service provider.  For
   those interested in finding out about getting Internet connectivity,
   the books listed will help you locate a network service provider.

      * Items with an asterisk are available at no charge on-line on the
        Internet--see the final section for information on how to obtain

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1a. Introductory Papers

    * Kehoe, Brendan P. (1992) "Zen and the Art of the Internet:
      A Beginner's Guide to the Internet," (first edition) 95 p.

    * Krol, E. and E. Hoffman. (1993) "What is the Internet?" 11 p.
      (FYI 20, RFC 1462).

    * Malkin, G. and A. Marine. (1992) "FYI on Questions and Answers:
      Answers to Commonly Asked 'New Internet User' Questions," 32 p.
      (FYI 4, RFC 1325).

    * LaQuey, Tracy with Jeanne C. Ryer. (1992) "The.Internet.
      Companion," 30 p. (on-line chapters from book published by

1b. Introductory Books: Basic User Guides

      Kehoe, Brendan P. (1993) Zen and the Art of the Internet: A
      Beginner's Guide, (second edition) 112 p. Prentice Hall, Englewood
      Cliffs, NJ.

      Krol, Ed. (1992) The Whole Internet User's Guide and Catalog,
      400 p. O'Reilly & Assoc., Inc. Sebastopol, CA.

      LaQuey, Tracy with Jeanne C. Ryer. (1992) The Internet Companion:
      A Beginner's Guide to Global Networking, 208 p. Addison-Wesley,
      Reading, MA.

1c. Introductory Books: Connection Starters

      SRI International. (1992) Internet: Getting Started, 318 p. SRI
      International, 333 Ravenswood Ave., Rm. EJ291, Menlo Park,
      CA 94025.

2. Internet services and resources

    * Martin, J. (1993) "There's Gold in them thar Networks! or Searching
      for Treasure in all the Wrong Places," 39 p. (RFC 1402/FYI 10).

    * Merit Network, Inc. (1992) "Cruise of the Internet," Merit Network
      Inc., Ann Arbor, MI. (Disk based tutorial available for Macintosh
      or Windows).

      Metz, Ray (1992) Directory of Directories on the Internet, 175 p.
      Meckler, Westport, CT.

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    * NSF Network Service Center. (nd) "Internet Resource Guide," NSF
      Network Service Center, Cambridge, MA.

3. Internet networks

      Frey, Donnalyn and Rick Adams. (1991) !%@:: A Directory of
      Electronic Mail Addressing and Networks, (second edition) 436 p.
      O'Reilly & Assoc. Inc. Sebastopol, CA.

      LaQuey, Tracy L. (1990) User's Directory of Computer Networks,
      653 p. Digital Press, Bedford, MA.

      Quarterman, John S. (1990) The Matrix: Computer Networks and
      Conferencing Systems Worldwide, 746 p. Digital Press, Bedford, MA.

4. Introducing the Internet Protocols

      Comer, Douglas E. (1991) Internetworking With TCP/IP: Volume I,
      Principles, Protocols, and Architecture, (second edition). 547 p.
      Prentice Hall, Englewood Cliffs, NJ

    * Hedrick, Charles L. (1987) "Introduction to the Internet
      Protocols," 34 p. Rutgers University Computer Science Facilities
      Group, Piscataway, NJ.

      Lynch, Daniel C. & Marshall T. Rose (eds). (1993) The Internet
      System Handbook, 822 p. Addison-Wesley, Reading, MA.

6. Further Reading

    * Bowers, K. L. et al. (1990) "FYI on Where to Start: A Bibliography
      of Internetworking Information," 42 p. (RFC 1175/FYI 3).

    * Malkin, G. & T. LaQuey Parker. (1993) "Internet Users' Glossary,"
      53 p. (RFC 1392/FYI 18).

Getting Articles On-Line

   All the documents marked with an asterisk (*) in this bibliography
   are available on-line at no charge if you have access to the
   Internet.  To find out more about accessing documents in
   introducing.the.internet, send electronic mail to:
   nis-info@nic.merit.edu, with the text: send access.guide.

   If you know how to use Anonymous FTP, you can get the Access Guide
   from one of several sites, including nic.merit.edu, nic.mr.net,
   ftp.nisc.sri.com, or ftp.hawaii.edu. Check the directory
   introducing.the.internet for the file titled access.guide. The Access

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   Guide includes information about obtaining documents through dial-up
   service using a modem for those who do not have direct Internet

   In addition to the listed publications, many network providers
   publish excellent user guides and newsletters which cover Internet
   topics.  Contact your Internet network service provider for more
   information.  A longer bibliography with more comprehensive
   references and abstracts, FYI 3, RFC 1175 is listed above for those
   who may need more detailed materials.

Security Considerations

   Security issues are not discussed in this memo.

Authors' Addresses

   Ellen S. Hoffman
   Merit Network, Inc.
   2901 Hubbard, Pod G
   Ann Arbor, MI 48109

   Phone: (313) 936-3000
   E-mail: ellen@merit.edu

   Lenore Jackson
   NASA Ames Research Center
   m/s 233-8 T-1191
   Moffett Field, CA 94035

   Phone: (415) 604-0455
   E-mail: jackson@nsipo.arc.nasa.gov