Unlike other texts that involve networks and the Internet, this book is specifically designed for information professionals in library, education, and business settings. Providing a clear and comprehensive introduction to network applications and concepts, this helpful guide covers LANs, WANs, the Internet, IP addresses, network operating systems, routing, domain names, servers, file formats, and more. Case studies illustrate the use of these technologies. Additionally, the book includes information about the economics of the Internet, privacy, intellectual property, and legal issues. Essential for those who are new to network technologies and wish to master them, this book is for anyone wanting to create and publish digital records on the Internet and organize, store, and disseminate information electronically.