For many of us, the word home carries with it some intangible yet universal associations, including comfort, security and familiarity. Home is also, quite simply, the place where we live. On the Internet's World Wide Web, the home page is a place where information resides. Although a home page can contain limited amounts of basic information up front, it usually functions, in effect, as a table of contents that points Web users to more detailed, layered levels of information provided and maintained by individuals, organizations, businesses, schools and other groups. These days, most major universities have a home page, and the UI is certainly no exception. Created and maintained by Ducky Sherwood, a graduate student who works for the Computing and Communications Services Office, the UI's relatively sophisticated home page is packed with hypermedia links to everything from facts and figures about the university to information about academic programs and administrative units to maps and photographs - and much more. For instance, from the home page, one can move quickly - with the click of a mouse - from a floor-by-floor tour of the Grainger Engineering Library and Information Center to guides to local restaurants and recreational facilities in Champaign and Urbana. Click here, and you can find course listings in the current Timetable; click there, and you're linked to the College of Agriculture's home page, which includes additional links to information about faculty, services and facilities. Click on the photograph of the campus scene at the top of the UI home page, and you're instantly plugged into current weather conditions. (Note: The photograph changes, depending on the season, and in keeping with the ever-changing nature of March in Central Illinois, the photo has been flipping back and forth between winter and spring scenes a lot lately.) In addition to allowing users to explore the seemingly limitless avenues of information available about the campus, the UI's home page points users to countless other Web resources, such as directories, dictionaries, encyclopedias and on-line newspapers and magazines. Home pages of the UI at Chicago, Sangamon State and several Big Ten universities also are a short hop from the UI page, as is the home page of the local freenet, Prairienet. From Prairienet's home page, one can learn - among other things - the history of Champaign County, and pick up useful statistics, such as how many people and farms coexist in the county. Those who prefer a visual glimpse of life on the Silicon Prairie can click on one of several on-line photographs of the area. In addition to the weather photo at the top, the UI's home page also includes photographs of other campus scenes, buildings and people, as well as graphic images. Likewise, many college and departmental home pages contain graphic elements. A word of warning: Depending on the capabilities of the machine you're using and the speed of your network connection, downloading full-screen images is a relatively pokey process. If your computer doesn't have enough memory or disk space, or if you're using a slow modem and a dial-up connection to get to the network, you'd be wise to turn off the automatic image-loading capability on your browser. If you haven't yet checked out the UI home page, it's certainly worth the trip. To get there, using a Mosaic or Netscape browser, the URL is: http://www.uiuc.edu. If you already know how to get to the home page, but haven't looked at it in a while, you may want to go back periodically. Many information areas continue to be under construction, and new features often appear overnight. If you're a campus information-provider interested in learning more about how to link your material to the UI home page, send e-mail to email@example.com.