A concise introduction and guide to online, CD-ROM databases and the Internet, and to information and its retrieval in general. By comparing the three methods of obtaining information, the author provides advice and guidance on choosing the most appropriate resources to answer queries. There is a case study to put the theory into a practical context, as well as extensive contact addresses.
Contents: Introduction; What is online, CD-ROM and Internet searching? The Internet; The search process; The information mix; Case study at Harris Research; Telecommunications; Costs and charging; Equipment and communications: online; Equipment requirements for CD-ROM; Equipment requirements for Internet searching; Choosing your online hosts, CD-ROM publishers and Internet access; Networking your information; Downloading and post-processing; Copyright; Sources of further advice; Database suppliers, online hosts and CD-ROM publishers; Glossary; Bibliography; Index.