The Information Searcher's Guide to Searching and Researching on the Internet and World Wide Web / Edition 2

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As the Internet and the World Wide Web compete with traditional libraries as resources for information, more new computer users find themselves overwhelmed by the tangle of links, sites, and search engines. These techniques and strategies will aid computer novices in undertaking quick, efficient, and in-depth online research. All the major databases are covered in detail, and the top search engines and information portals are described and contrasted. Spanning various browsers and platforms, this guide features both Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Explorer. For the beginner, this book covers the fundamentals of e-mail, electronic interest books, and file transfers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781887902588
  • Publisher: Franklin, Beedle & Associates, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/2000
  • Edition description: 2ND, REVISED
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 438
  • Product dimensions: 7.06 (w) x 10.01 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii
1 Introduction to the Internet and the World Wide Web 1
About This Book 2
The World Wide Web as an Information Resource 2
Hypertext and Hypermedia 5
Activity 1.1 First Look at Using a Web Browser to Find Information on the Web 6
Key Terms and Concepts 11
Information Sources Available on the Web 16
Summary 18
2 Browser Essentials 21
Surveying a Browser's Features 22
Starting and Stopping the Web Browser 23
Exploring the Web Browser's Window 24
Using the Right Mouse Button 36
Getting Around a Page and the World Wide Web 38
Getting Help 42
Activity 2.1 Using a Search Engine 43
Using Bookmarks or Favorites to Keep Track of Resources 51
Activity 2.2 Working with the Netscape Navigator Bookmark List 54
Summary 58
3 Managing and Using Information from the Internet and the Web 61
Common Types of Files on the Internet and the Web 62
Considering Copyright Guidelines Before Sharing and Copying Information 66
Capturing and Using Text, Images, and Data from the Web and the Internet 67
Capturing and Downloading Statistical Tables into a Spreadsheet or Word-processing Document 71
Activity 3.1 Capturing and Downloading Images into a Word-processing Document 74
Procedures and Steps for Managing Internet and Web Information 78
4 Using the World Wide Web for Research 83
Browsing the World Wide Web: Using Directories 84
Activity 4.1 Using a Directory to Browse for Information 86
Finding Information Gems in Virtual Libraries 91
Activity 4.2 Finding Resources in a Virtual Library 94
Searching the World Wide Web: Using Search Engines 99
Activity 4.3 Using Boolean Search Operators 102
Activity 4.4 Using Phrase Searching to Find Information 106
Using Several Search Engines Simultaneously: Meta-search Tools 111
Activity 4.5 Using a Meta-search Tool to Find Information 113
Summary 116
5 Directories and Virtual Libraries 118
Characteristics of Directories 119
Browsing and Searching Directories 122
Two Major Directories and How to Use Them 125
Activity 5.1 Yahoo! 125
Activity 5.2 The HotBot Directory 132
Virtual Libraries: Directories with a Difference 135
Activity 5.3 The Argus Clearinghouse 136
Activity 5.4 The Librarians' Index to the Internet 140
Summary 143
6 Search Strategies for Search Engines 144
Search Engine Databases 145
Search Features Common to Most Search Engines 146
Output Features Common to Most Search Engines 151
A Basic Search Strategy: The 10 Steps 152
Activity 6.1 Search Strategies in Northern Light 153
Activity 6.2 Search Strategies in Infoseek 160
Activity 6.3 Search Strategies in MetaCrawler 164
Summary 169
7 Using Search Engines 171
Activity 7.1 Search Strategies in HotBot 172
Activity 7.2 Search Strategies in AltaVista's Simple Search Mode 180
Using Search Engines for Specific Information 185
Activity 7.3 Finding Specific Information in Excite 186
Summary 192
8 Specialized Databases 193
Overview of Specialized Databases 194
How to Find Free Specialized Databases 195
Using Specialized Databases 196
Activity 8.1 Searching MEDLINE 197
Activity 8.2 Finding Company Information 205
Activity 8.3 Searching for United States Supreme Court Opinions 215
Summary 220
9 Searching Library Catalogs 221
Overview of the Development of Online Catalogs 222
Characteristics of Online Library Catalogs 223
Ways to Find Library Catalogs 224
Activity 9.1 Using Libweb to Find a National Catalog 225
Activity 9.2 Using LIBCAT to Find Special Collections 231
Activity 9.3 Using webCATS to Find Special Libraries 238
Summary 244
10 FTP: Searching Archives, Downloading Files 245
Understanding the URL Format for FTP 246
Downloading a File by Anonymous FTP 248
Activity 10.1 Retrieving a File by Anonymous FTP 250
Locating FTP Archives and Other Sites for Finding Software 253
Downloading and Working with Files from Software Archives 254
Activity 10.2 Downloading and Installing Software from a Software Archive 259
Using an FTP Client Program 266
Summary 269
11 Finding Email Addresses, Phone Numbers, and Maps 271
Advantages and Disadvantages of Using These Services 272
Activity 11.1 Finding an Individual's Email Address, Mailing Address, and Phone Number 274
Privacy and Ethics Issues 279
Activity 11.2 Searching for a Business Address, a Phone Number, a Map, and Driving Directions 280
Keeping Current: White Pages and Map Web Services 285
Summary 286
12 Searching Email Discussion Group Archives and Usenet Newsgroup Archives 288
Email Discussion Groups 289
Activity 12.1 Finding a Discussion Group 295
Usenet Newsgroups 300
Activity 12.2 Searching Usenet News Using 307
Etiquette in a Discussion Group or a Usenet Newsgroup 312
Summary 314
13 Evaluating Information Found on the WWW 316
Reasons to Evaluate 317
Guidelines for Evaluation 318
Activity 13.1 Using a URL and Search Engines to Investigate a Resource 321
Activity 13.2 Applying Guidelines to Evaluate a Resource 331
Information on the World Wide Web About Evaluating Resources 336
Summary 337
14 Citing Web and Internet Resources 339
URL Formats 340
Styles for Citing Web Resources 342
Information on the Web About Citing Electronic Resources 351
Summary 352
15 Putting It All Together: A Sample Research Project 353
Finding Resources for a Research Paper 354
Activity 15-A Search a Directory to Find Resources 354
Activity 15-B Find and Search a Specialized Database 360
Activity 15-C Formulate and Submit a Search Query to a Search Engine 363
Activity 15-D Locate and Search a Library Catalog 368
Activity 15-E Search a Usenet Archive 372
Activity 15-F Evaluate the Resources Found 374
Activity 15-G Cite the Sources in a Bibliography 377
Appendix A Annotated List of Selected Search Tools 381
Appendix B Selected Directories 396
Appendix C Virtual Libraries 406
Appendix D Ways to Stay Current 411
Appendix E Privacy and Security on the Internet and the Web 415
Glossary 426
Index 434
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