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                                How to Get
                A Biologist's Guide to Internet Resources

              Current versions:  1.7 and 1.8a  (1993, 1994)

The free, 40-page Guide contains an overview and lists of free Internet
resources such as:  discussion groups relating to biological research,
including newsgroups and mailing lists;  research newsletters, directories,
and bibliographies;  some major biological data and software archives;
tools for finding and retrieving information;  answers to some frequently
asked questions;  and a selected bibliography.

The most recent complete release of the Guide is Version 1.7 (November
1993).  It is available as a plain ASCII file for the easiest retrieval
and printing of the entire document, as a menu for reading online (via
both gopher and WWW), and in an attractive PostScript format (for laser
printing).  There is a French translation.  The most recent release
(about mailing lists only) is Version 1.8a, dated December 1994:  this
ammends but does not supercede Version 1.7.

The Guide is available on the Internet, and can be obtained with a Web
browser, gopher, anonymous FTP, and e-mail.  There is no fee.

-*- Web:  The most current version is always available on the Web at:

    Here are some other Web URLs that I know of for the Guide.  Let me
    know if you have problems, so I can update this list.  Thanks.


-*- Gopher:  Go to, and choose this sequence of menu items:

                Worlds of SunSITE -- by Subject
                        Ecology and Evolution
                                A Biologist's Guide...

    Or, from any gopher offering other biology gophers by subject, look
    for the menu item "Ecology and Evolution".  Here is the direct link

                Name=A Biologist's Guide (in a choice of formats)

-*- Anonymous FTP:  Connect to  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 ASCII version of the Guide to
    your computer.  Use "get" for the PostScript version, or
    see the README file for more information.

-*- E-mail:

    Send the text:

                cd pub/academic/biology/ecology+evolution/bioguide
                get bioguide.faq
                get README
                ftpmail at

    You will receive the Guide in several parts:  save each part separately,
    use a text editor to delete the e-mail headers and trailers of each,
    and merge them.  You will also receive the README file from the same
    directory as the Guide, and a help file for using the ftpmail service.
    Use "quit" to prevent the ftpmail server from trying to interpret your
    signature as an instruction.  For help using the ftpmail server, use
    "help" (you will be sent e-mail containing many helpful tips).

    There is another popular e-mail server you can use.  Send the text:

                send usenet/news.answers/biology/guide/*
                mail-server at

    Again, you will need to do some minor editing to strip off the e-mail
    headers and merge the parts in sequence.

-*- NOTE: offers public access to Web and Wais clients,
    if you don't have your own.  Telnet to and read the
    instructions before the login prompt.


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