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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:, with the text: send
 If you know how to use Anonymous FTP, you can get the Access Guide
 from one of several sites, including,,, or Check the directory
 introducing.the.internet for the file titled 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
 Lenore Jackson
 NASA Ames Research Center
 m/s 233-8 T-1191
 Moffett Field, CA 94035
 Phone: (415) 604-0455

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