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

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

by Ernest C. Ackermann, Karen Hartman
     
 

ISBN-10: 1887902589

ISBN-13: 9781887902588

Pub. Date: 08/28/2000

Publisher: Franklin, Beedle & Associates, Incorporated

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

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781887902588
Publisher:
Franklin, Beedle & Associates, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/28/2000
Edition description:
2ND, REVISED
Pages:
438
Product dimensions:
7.06(w) x 10.01(h) x 0.95(d)

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Table of Contents

Prefacevii
1Introduction to the Internet and the World Wide Web1
About This Book2
The World Wide Web as an Information Resource2
Hypertext and Hypermedia5
Activity 1.1First Look at Using a Web Browser to Find Information on the Web6
Key Terms and Concepts11
Information Sources Available on the Web16
Summary18
2Browser Essentials21
Surveying a Browser's Features22
Starting and Stopping the Web Browser23
Exploring the Web Browser's Window24
Using the Right Mouse Button36
Getting Around a Page and the World Wide Web38
Getting Help42
Activity 2.1Using a Search Engine43
Using Bookmarks or Favorites to Keep Track of Resources51
Activity 2.2Working with the Netscape Navigator Bookmark List54
Summary58
3Managing and Using Information from the Internet and the Web61
Common Types of Files on the Internet and the Web62
Considering Copyright Guidelines Before Sharing and Copying Information66
Capturing and Using Text, Images, and Data from the Web and the Internet67
Capturing and Downloading Statistical Tables into a Spreadsheet or Word-processing Document71
Activity 3.1Capturing and Downloading Images into a Word-processing Document74
Procedures and Steps for Managing Internet and Web Information78
4Using the World Wide Web for Research83
Browsing the World Wide Web: Using Directories84
Activity 4.1Using a Directory to Browse for Information86
Finding Information Gems in Virtual Libraries91
Activity 4.2Finding Resources in a Virtual Library94
Searching the World Wide Web: Using Search Engines99
Activity 4.3Using Boolean Search Operators102
Activity 4.4Using Phrase Searching to Find Information106
Using Several Search Engines Simultaneously: Meta-search Tools111
Activity 4.5Using a Meta-search Tool to Find Information113
Summary116
5Directories and Virtual Libraries118
Characteristics of Directories119
Browsing and Searching Directories122
Two Major Directories and How to Use Them125
Activity 5.1Yahoo!125
Activity 5.2The HotBot Directory132
Virtual Libraries: Directories with a Difference135
Activity 5.3The Argus Clearinghouse136
Activity 5.4The Librarians' Index to the Internet140
Summary143
6Search Strategies for Search Engines144
Search Engine Databases145
Search Features Common to Most Search Engines146
Output Features Common to Most Search Engines151
A Basic Search Strategy: The 10 Steps152
Activity 6.1Search Strategies in Northern Light153
Activity 6.2Search Strategies in Infoseek160
Activity 6.3Search Strategies in MetaCrawler164
Summary169
7Using Search Engines171
Activity 7.1Search Strategies in HotBot172
Activity 7.2Search Strategies in AltaVista's Simple Search Mode180
Using Search Engines for Specific Information185
Activity 7.3Finding Specific Information in Excite186
Summary192
8Specialized Databases193
Overview of Specialized Databases194
How to Find Free Specialized Databases195
Using Specialized Databases196
Activity 8.1Searching MEDLINE197
Activity 8.2Finding Company Information205
Activity 8.3Searching for United States Supreme Court Opinions215
Summary220
9Searching Library Catalogs221
Overview of the Development of Online Catalogs222
Characteristics of Online Library Catalogs223
Ways to Find Library Catalogs224
Activity 9.1Using Libweb to Find a National Catalog225
Activity 9.2Using LIBCAT to Find Special Collections231
Activity 9.3Using webCATS to Find Special Libraries238
Summary244
10FTP: Searching Archives, Downloading Files245
Understanding the URL Format for FTP246
Downloading a File by Anonymous FTP248
Activity 10.1Retrieving a File by Anonymous FTP250
Locating FTP Archives and Other Sites for Finding Software253
Downloading and Working with Files from Software Archives254
Activity 10.2Downloading and Installing Software from a Software Archive259
Using an FTP Client Program266
Summary269
11Finding Email Addresses, Phone Numbers, and Maps271
Advantages and Disadvantages of Using These Services272
Activity 11.1Finding an Individual's Email Address, Mailing Address, and Phone Number274
Privacy and Ethics Issues279
Activity 11.2Searching for a Business Address, a Phone Number, a Map, and Driving Directions280
Keeping Current: White Pages and Map Web Services285
Summary286
12Searching Email Discussion Group Archives and Usenet Newsgroup Archives288
Email Discussion Groups289
Activity 12.1Finding a Discussion Group295
Usenet Newsgroups300
Activity 12.2Searching Usenet News Using Deja.com307
Etiquette in a Discussion Group or a Usenet Newsgroup312
Summary314
13Evaluating Information Found on the WWW316
Reasons to Evaluate317
Guidelines for Evaluation318
Activity 13.1Using a URL and Search Engines to Investigate a Resource321
Activity 13.2Applying Guidelines to Evaluate a Resource331
Information on the World Wide Web About Evaluating Resources336
Summary337
14Citing Web and Internet Resources339
URL Formats340
Styles for Citing Web Resources342
Information on the Web About Citing Electronic Resources351
Summary352
15Putting It All Together: A Sample Research Project353
Finding Resources for a Research Paper354
Activity 15-ASearch a Directory to Find Resources354
Activity 15-BFind and Search a Specialized Database360
Activity 15-CFormulate and Submit a Search Query to a Search Engine363
Activity 15-DLocate and Search a Library Catalog368
Activity 15-ESearch a Usenet Archive372
Activity 15-FEvaluate the Resources Found374
Activity 15-GCite the Sources in a Bibliography377
Appendix AAnnotated List of Selected Search Tools381
Appendix BSelected Directories396
Appendix CVirtual Libraries406
Appendix DWays to Stay Current411
Appendix EPrivacy and Security on the Internet and the Web415
Glossary426
Index434

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