The Internet: A Historical Encyclopedia

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The first version of this reference won the RUSA Award for Outstanding Reference Source in 2000. Now expanded to three volumes, the new edition includes a fully revised and extended chronology volume, a volume of biographies, and a volume with articles analyzing key Internet issues. The set also offers many fascinating tidbits about the Internet, including the fact that the phrase "surfing the Internet" was coined in 1992 by librarian Jean Armour Polly in an article in the Wilson Library Bulletin.

This set covers the earliest roots of the Internet, from events dating as far back as the 1800s and the invention of the telephone all the way to the founding of news agencies, the first steps toward digital computing, and the development of computing technology, telecommunications, and media. This work will be of interest to students of mass media, gender, business, and social history as well as technology.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This encyclopedia provides valuable information for students and general readers doing research on the Internet and the impact it has had on our world. It is recommended for public, community college, and academic libraries."


American Reference Books Annual

"Presented in an unintimidating format—three slim volumes, fairly large type, a sprinkling of B&W photos—this reference packs in plenty of solid material and will have wide appeal for students in middle school and above, but also for curious adults who want to fill some gaps in their general knowledge."


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This encyclopedia expands on its RUSA Award-winning predecessor from 2000 with a Biographies volume, an Issues volume, and a revised and extended Chronology volume. Lambert's (Encyclopedia of State and Women's History) Biographies volume includes 41 profiles of individuals who have helped shape the Internet, from hackers (e.g., Kevin Mitnick) to programmers (e.g., James Gosling) to entrepreneurs (e.g., Jeff Bezos). Science and technology writer Chris Woodford's Issues volume provides a practical introduction to 35 Internet-related topics, including copyright, privacy, and the digital divide. Each entry is approximately seven pages long and contains references to related articles in the set as well as a "Further Reading" section; all three volumes contain a glossary, a list of acronyms, and an index. The eight-chapter Chronology volume, edited by Hilary W. Poole (Encyclopedia of New Media) and Christos J.P. Moschovitis (founder & CEO, tmg-e*media, NYC), offers a time line of the Internet with sidebars that begins with Internet prehistory (1843-1956) and ends in 2004, for a total of 200 brief entries. Each chapter includes references. Two appendixes round out this final volume, one a particularly useful compilation of Internet statistics. Bottom Line A cumulative index for the set would have been useful; nonetheless, this encyclopedia provides a good starting point for students beginning to research Internet-related topics. Not as technical in nature and less expensive than the three-volume Internet Encyclopedia (Wiley, 2003), the set is recommended for undergraduate, public, and school libraries; even institutions that own the original single-volume edition will want to invest.-Colleen Cuddy, NYU Sch. of Medicine Lib., New York Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781851096596
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/2005
  • Pages: 767
  • Product dimensions: 11.40 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 2.30 (d)

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