ERES Navigation

Revised: August 9, 1999

In principle, navigation in ERES is not any different from navigating the Web in general. Text that appears in blue and underlined (depending on the options set for the web browser [=Netscape] locally, another color than blue may be used and/or the underline may be missing) serves as a link to other documents. Example: Sociology department. If you click on this "link", the "home page" for the sociology department will appear on your screen.

Finding the course page

Since you are reading this document, you must have found your way to the ERES course page for your class. It is linked to the very first entry on your course page. However, in case somebody just gave you a printed version of this document, let's quickly review how you get to ERES and your course page within ERES:
  1. Find the Hunter College home page. If you are in a computer lab at Hunter, this page comes up automatically after you start Netscape. Click on "Services for Students" (in the lower left corner), then on the next page click on "Course Web Pages". This brings up the ERES home page. (This is subject to change.)
    Alternatively, you may enter the "URL" for ERES directly into the box labeled "location" (in Netscape):
  2. On the ERES home page ("main document index") click on 'view courses by department name', then click on the department, e.g. sociology. On the "Sociology courses" page, find your course and click on the text. This brings up your course page. -- There are different ways to find your course, experiment and use the way that works best for you.

Checking course documents

Each document is described by a short title. Unless your instructor goofed, it should be be fairly obvious what the document is all about. Some entries may have a (closed) folder icon on the left. By  clicking on the folder icon, you can open the folder and all documents contained in the folder are displayed. This way it is possible to keep the course page tidy even if the number of documents get fairly large.
Note, that there is a second column specifying the format of the document. For the most part and especially for starters, you can ignore this. However, the information is useful -- especially when you are connecting from off-campus. So, let's briefly review.



Netscape can have several windows open at the same time. In other words, you can visit more than one site at a time. When you click on a course document, a second windows is opened (which fills the full screen, so you don't see immediately that your course page is still there). To go back to your course page, do NOT use the "BACK" button -- as you normally would. Rather, close this second window, e.g., by clicking on "close" in the "file" pull-down menu. If you don't, you may experience some trouble later. Read on, to find out why.

 Alternatively, we can keep both windows open and simply switch to the other Netscape window. How? There are two ways:

This applies to Win3.x. In Win95, you see an icon for each open Netscape window on the taskbar (at the bottom of your screen). You click on the Window you want.  But the ALT/TAB key method works as well, but -- in contrast to the earlier version -- you see all open application at one glance.

If you decide to keep two Netscape windows open, be aware of the following: Clicking on another course document from the course page will open this document into your second window which is currently hidden and which stays hidden. So, it appear as if nothing is happening. In order to view this document you must manually switch to this second window as described above!

Sounds long and complicated? It really is not so bad. I just tried to be very explicit. Note that there is a link on top of your course page (just below the heading "Documents") which reads 'important viewing info...'. That basically tells the same story -- only much shorter.