Using the Internet As a Reference Tool: A How-to-Do-It Manual for Librarians with Companion Web Site by Michael P. Sauers, Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Using the Internet As a Reference Tool: A How-to-Do-It Manual for Librarians with Companion Web Site

Using the Internet As a Reference Tool: A How-to-Do-It Manual for Librarians with Companion Web Site

by Michael P. Sauers
     
 

Can't find the answers you're looking for? Many librarians are frustrated both by the time it takes to find answers to reference questions online and by the lack of a comprehensive, practical method for quickly evaluating Web sites. Here is the book that will answer your questions. This clear, easy to use manual shows how to integrate the Internet into day to day

Overview

Can't find the answers you're looking for? Many librarians are frustrated both by the time it takes to find answers to reference questions online and by the lack of a comprehensive, practical method for quickly evaluating Web sites. Here is the book that will answer your questions. This clear, easy to use manual shows how to integrate the Internet into day to day reference services with helpful explanations of available tools and evaluation methods, real life examples, and practice exercises. You'll learn: How to dramatically extend your library's ability to provide current, complete, and accurate answers to an amazing array of questions when print sources fail When to use and how to evaluate both print and Internet sources Strategies for quickly answering ready reference questions using the Internet Tips for creating your own "Reference Web Page" When to go to an Internet search engine or a directory site and strategies for using them effectively How to handle more complex reference questions To make the book even more useful, descriptions of sites the author has found useful in answering reference questions, including metasites and "online vertical files" are listed. A companion Web site keeps site information up to date. If you work at a reference desk in any type of library in any capacity, this book is for you!

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
The author presents both the challenge and the opportunity provided by the Internet as a reference tool. His objectives include being able to "access, evaluate, and navigate Internet sites with the speed, efficiency, and comfort level" librarians and patrons have enjoyed with print sources. Chapters provide background on the impact of the new technology for reference solutions and offer an excellent comparison of print and Internet resources that will aid in justifying the need for both. Information on creating effective reference strategies and a discussion of search engines and directories are included. The chapter on evaluation of reference resources outlines six points for librarians to consider when adding a print source to the collection and describes how these same factors are considered with Internet sites. Chapter five can be adapted as a teaching tool for teachers and others who need to learn strategies for accessing Internet information. There is also a site listed with links to all the resources included in this book. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
Shows librarians how to access, evaluate, and navigate Internet reference sites, and provide accurate answers to reference inquiries. Sauers (Bibliographical Center for Research) introduces bookmarks for quickly returning to a web site in the future, and explains the difference between search engines and directories. Practice exercises and lists of reliable web sites and subject-specific search engines are provided. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781555704179
Publisher:
Neal-Schuman Publishers
Publication date:
01/28/2001
Series:
Neal-Schuman Netguide Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
105
Product dimensions:
8.55(w) x 10.97(h) x 0.41(d)

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