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The most user-friendly book on Internet library research to date, Reference Sources on the Internet: Off the Shelf and Onto the Web gives you a core list of online resources that will save those who visit your library considerable time. Its menu of current reference sites will help you wade through the mire of irrelevant, unreliable material and zero in on the cyberinfo that will more economically and accurately satisfy your users’needs.

While online research has by no means replaced in-house paper materials, Resources on the Internet makes it clear that you can't ignore the timely information that hovers only in cyberspace, outside the traditional library's four walls. In this book, you'll learn which search tools are out there, how to determine source reliability, and how to quickly frame a reference need in light of the existing collection of Internet resources. Here's a quick search list of what you'll find:

  • a comparative study of existing search engines
  • pinpointing career, government, patent, and geographical information
  • sites covering education, psychology, finance, social science, and private business
  • international trade sites
  • accessing information on gender and cultural issues
  • the performing arts, architecture, world history, languages, and literature
  • sports and entertainment sources
  • life, biological, and earth science sites

    In an era of library research where surfing the Internet for germane data too often means plowing through the home pages of Vanna White and Pennzoil, Resources on the Internet will teach you the idiosyncracies of the existing search engines while schooling you in how to weed out the propaganda. You'll save yourself and your researchers time, and you'll find yourself surfing from the stillwaters of research stagnance to the pipeline of library productivity.

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Gives a core list of online reference resources, overviews search tools, discusses how to determine source reliability, and shows how to quickly frame a reference need in light of existing Internet resources. Describes sites in sections on business and social sciences, humanities, leisure studies, and sciences, and discusses career and employment resources on the Internet, government documents, and patent resources. For librarians. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789003584
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/28/1997
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 266
  • Product dimensions: 8.24 (w) x 7.88 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Table of Contents

ContentsIntroduction: Doing Reference “Off the Shelf”

  • I. General
  • WWW Search Tools in Reference Services
  • Career and Employment Resources on the Internet
  • A Virtual Government Documents Reference Collection
  • Patent Resources on the Internet: A Reference Librarian's Guide
  • II. Business and Social Sciences
  • Reference Sources on the Internet: Geography and International Studies
  • Education Resources
  • Reference Sources on the Internet: Psychology
  • Social Problems and Human Services/Social Sciences Solutions on the Internet
  • Internet Resources for Reference: Finance and Investment
  • Internet Resources for Reference: General Business and Company Information
  • Internet Resources for Reference: International Trade
  • Selected Ethnic and Gender Studies Internet Sources for Reference Use
  • Politics by Other Media: A Guide to National Political Information Resources on the Internet (Robert Richards)
  • Economics Internet Sites for Reference Librarians
  • III. Humanities
  • Internet Reference Sources in the Performing Arts
  • Architecture: Reference Sites on the Internet
  • Internet Reference Resources in Language and Literature
  • World History Internet Resources
  • Reference Sources on the Internet in United States History
  • IV. Leisure Studies
  • Entertainment Resources on the Internet
  • Reference on the Internet: Sports
  • V. Sciences
  • Internet Reference Resources for the Life Sciences
  • Ready Reference Web Sites in Earth and Physical Sciences
  • Health and Medicine
  • Reference on the Internet: Environment
  • Index
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