Saving RESEARCH that You Find ONLINE and
Downloading it From The Web and using it in articles
There's no better research tool for writers than GOOGLE. Use its search tools to peruse your fave themes and sooner or later, you'll likely find something on the web that you A.) Want ot use in an article for both your website, for Facebook and for your private email list of readers. but sometimes the article comes to you as text, or in an email. you wonder how to turn it from that form into HTML, save it, have it look like a formatted article and have all the LIVE LINKS or URLS 'work.'. Or B.) you want to save on your own computer so that decades from now your children will find it and say of you, ' maybe the nation shipwrecked, and it was that damn banking system, but my parent KNEW about it...' and they'll know that YOU were an activist trying to do something. Traces of your efforts will exist.
Saving web information is not hard, but to get the results you want, you need to remember that a web page actually consists of an HTM formatted text along with a few graphics. This means that the usual method of saving files using the CLICK ON FILE menu choice ---> hitting "Save As' command -- may not produce the results you want! How many times have I saved an emailed HTM article with graphics and found that nothing got saved and later saw that C:\POLITICS\GREAT FILE. HTM but Zero bytes in it...staring back at me on my C: directory... or instead see that I collected a bunch of chaotic HTM CODiNG that could not reassemble itself into polished, formated prose, much less graphics, no matter what pick and sort method I used.
So you gotta practice. You gotta play with the files you spot & liked. You may get too much coding, too many weird boxes or 'Frames'. You can't avoid them if you want the text inside the coding. Sometimes I have to try various gambits to PULL text out of a frame: Best method so far is use my DOS TEXT EdITOR to go into the text of the file from beneath, and find the <FRAMES> instruction and erase it, or use WORD SOFTWARE and resave the entire article as Text only. but you lose live links in it if they're not written out.
HIGHLIGHT COPY METHOD: You can run the mouse over the page highlighting text as you go, or you can COLLECT it as plain text in your mouse with the CONTROL A function. That will HIGHLIGHT the stuff but only as TEXT not HTM. '
Then do CONTROL C on that specific piece of yardage-text. That will tell PC to COPY IT, GRAB IT... then go to your blank WORD PROCESSOR PAGE or your blank TEXT EDITOR PAGE, (Download a TEXT EDITOR free online, by googling "free text editors" as a search term.) Now you go into your text editor file or maybe even an EMAIL blank --and do CONTROL V to place that lump of text there. Save as text. Then enter it with an HTM word processor and do the article, place the graphics inside and you have a finished article.
I don't have to tell you how to set the text in an email which you send to a pal always doing a BCC to your own addie to send a copy to yourself.
Or, you can also put it in a BLANK "WORD" htm file.
Or again, you may have a text editor, open a blank file there. Save the text to cache to work on later. I often these days save directly to the word processor software I favor, called NETSCAPE COMPOSER. Right in my netscape version 4.5 browser. It's a 1995 browser I still prefer over all others as it has the best free inhouse email client which collates six different ways.
AGAIN: To Save Text
To save text from an HTM web page you found online, you have two options. If you only want a
portion of the text, simply highlight that text by dragging the mouse over
it, then use the CONTROL C copy command from the edit menu to copy the selected text.
You can now paste the selected text into another application, such as a word
processor. If you want to save the entire page, you can use the "Save As"
command from the file menu. This will save the entire HTML page, but it will
not save any pictures or other graphics appearing on that page. And sometimes it will
just save coding, you cannot get the formatted 'look.' Once you save it as garbled coding,
you can not reduce it to just plain text. You must start over.
To save an image, place the mouse pointer over the image. If you are
using a PC, right click with the mouse. A menu will appear offering a "save
image as" option. Click on that option. A dialog box will appear, usually
with a file name already selected. You may use that file name or select one
of your own. Note carefully the directory into which you are saving the
file. You'll need it to find that file later! And need to remember the name.
You can go to START, then hit FIND and put it the name of graphic or htm
file if you can remember what it was you saved.
So, you've right clicked on that graphic, now Press "save" to save the file.
Then download free IRFANVIEW a Croatian easy breezy graphic editing
software, very small. Summon up IRFAN VIEW and size the graphic, maybe
hit color change, make it brighter. A lot of online photos are dark until I
IRFAN THEM. Picasa doesn't always work for me. You need a college education
to use it. Irfan does work. You never have to read a manual.
Many web sites contain files intended for downloading by visitors to
that site. These may be images, songs, data sets, or reproducible documents
such as an Adobe Acrobat PDF file. A well-equipped browser will be able to
display or use many of these files directly. If so, saving many of these
files only requires the same "right-click and save" approach described above
for saving images. Once the file is displayed, simply right-click on the
display area in the same way you would for an image. A dialog box will
appear, allowing you to save the file.
There may also be times when you want to save a file without viewing it
first. This is especially useful for large Acrobat files, since the Acrobat
viewer requires you to retrieve the file once for viewing, and then again if
you want to save the file. To avoid this, right-click on the hyperlink to
the file. A menu will appear. Choose the "save link as" option. A file save
dialog box will appear. When you click "save" the browser will retrieve the
file and save it without displaying it.
If you try to access a file which your browser doesn't know how to
handle, you will automatically be asked if you want to save that file. If
you answer yes, a file save dialog box will appear, and you can save the
file in the manner described above.
What About Copyright?
A famous author in Charlie Rose show said that his book occasioned a lawsuit
as he'd picked up some copyrighted text online and hadn't changed the sentence
structure enough. It was recognized by the author! Well yeah, and worse, it was a real hit of
a book! The sued author told Charlie that the two most dangerous syllables in an Author's
lexicon were "CONTROL V!" Hilarious story, no?
Well yeah! The web was created for sharing, and most web sites exist to get
information in front of people. At the same time, most web publishers want
to retain the rights to the material they post on the web. Publishers are
usually very direct about what you can and cannot do with their materials.
For example, lesson plans stored as downloadable PDF files are intended to
be downloaded, printed out, and used in classes. However, you may not use
the material for any commercial purpose, such as selling copies of the file
or printed lessons. While you can generally save almost anything for
personal use, putting that material on a computer where others can access
it - especially outside of the classroom - may constitute a copyright
violation. This is just as true for images and pictures as it is for written
information. Your school likely has a clearly stated policy on copyright.
You should be aware of that policy, and it should supercede any information
Certain classes of information are "in the public domain," meaning that
copyright cannot be imposed on them. These include literary works on which
copyright, if any, has expired, as well as most, but not all, publications
created with federal funds. For example, you can download and reprint the
full text of Tom Sawyer from an e-text source because that work is in the
public domain. Good Internet manners, however, dictate that you should
acknowledge the source for any public domain material used in your teaching.
Anita Sands Hernandez
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