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Electronic mail (email) is a way to send a printed message or visual almost instantly anywhere in the world. This guide will help you to establish an email account.
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The very first email was sent in 1971. In 1983, MCI Mail charged 45 cents per 500 character message. Today it is estimated that the average office worker spends about twenty-five percent of their time using email.



 Electronic mail (email) is a way to send a printed message or visual almost instantly anywhere in the world. Email is necessary for people to apply for jobs online, do online banking, order airline or concert tickets and communicate with others.





There are many email service providers.  Some of the more well- known are: Gmail (Google), Yahoo, Hotmail and Outlook Express. Many local internet service providers also have their own email programs. You may select one of these providers by following the links here. They will direct you to provide your basic information to create an account.

 You will need to create your email "address."  An example would be or You will also need to create your own password.  This should contain a variety of letters, symbols and numbers.  It is important that once you create this password, that you record it somewhere so that you will remember it.  Many providers will also have you answer some personal questions that only you know the answer to.  An example is, "what was your first pet's name? This information will be used to identify you in case you do forget your password.

For help creating or using email, please contact us at:

Adult Reference Services- (607) 272-4556 or


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