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Researching Online for Dummies

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ISBN-10: 0764503820

ISBN-13: 9780764503825

Edition: 1998

Authors: Reva Basch

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Providing all the necessary guides a researcher needs to plan, undertake & apply online sources to a project, this book introduces readers to making the most cost-efficient connection, finding and using search engines, and much more.
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List price: $24.99
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/3/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

Reva Basch, an Online magazine columnist, consultant, and "online legend" (Information Today), has been researching online since the 1970s. Mary Ellen Bates runs Bates Information Services and writes for EContents magazine.

What Librarians Know
Searching versus Surfing
What Makes a Good Researcher?
What We Know About You
How This Book Is Organized
Conventions and Icons Used in This Book
What's New in the Second Edition
One More Thing
Getting Started
The Many Faces of Online
The Online World: Library, Bookstore, or Shopping Mall after an Earthquake?
The Net beneath the Web
Gopher it!
Telnetting around
Gated, Not Open; Fee, Not Free
Probing professional online services
Members-only Web sites
The Human Side of the Net
Thinking and Working Like a Researcher
Reference-Interviewing Yourself
Where Do You Start?
Mental-mapping your online resources
When Bad Things Happen to Good Searchers
Yikes, 42,178 hits! What do I do now?
Waah! How come I didn't get anything?
Why on earth did I get This?
Evaluating what you get
Boolean (And Other) Basics
Boolean searching
Proximity operators
Field searching
Pluralization, truncation, and wild cards
Knowing When You're Done
Using What You Find
The Tools of the Trade
The Search Engine Sweepstakes
Timeless Tips for Effective Searching
What to Consider When Choosing a Search Engine
Exploring General Search Engines
GO Network
Northern Light
Making Your Mark with Meta-Engines
Inference Find
Ask Jeeves
Invisible Web
The Offline Meta Alternatives
Watching the Web with Search Engine Watch and Showdown
Using Specialty Search Engines
The All-in-One Search Page
Beaucoup Search Engines
Searching Newsgroups with RemarQ
Pinpointing People
Yahoo!-ing friends and family
Plugging into Switchboard
Some Tips for People-Finding
The problem with e-mail listings
They're not listed--now what?
Locating Businesses
Finding firms with BigBook
Getting info from infoUSA
Going global with WorldPages
Questing for Maps with MapQuest
Shopping for Software with and
Finding freebies at
Browsing at
Subject Catalogs: The Narrow-Down Approach
Narrowing Your Search: The Drill-Down Drill
Subject Catalogs versus Search Engines
Hybrid Subject Catalogs
Getting a hole-in-one with Yahoo!
AltaVista's views of the Web
Excite-ing possibilities
GO seek and ye shall find
Pure Subject Catalogs
World Wide Web Virtual Library
Argus Clearinghouse
Playing the Links: Guru Pages and Mega-Sites
Tapping Into the Contributions of Others
Guru Pages: Experts, Enthusiasts, and Obsessives
Mega-Sites: Stepping through the Gateway
The librarian's guide to everything
The joys of jurisprudence
Ready Reference: Finding Facts Fast
Reference: Research Light
Virtual Reference Collections
Internet Public Library
The Virtual Reference Desk
The Yahoo! Reference Collection
Becoming a Reference Ace
Hitting (A Few of) the Books
The World Factbook
Encyclopedia Britannica
Roget's Thesaurus
Random Reference Goodies
How Things Work
New area code lookup
This day in history
Visiting Libraries Online
Libraries: Alive and Thriving Online
Finding Web-based Library Catalogs
Using WebCATS
Thinking locally
Looking at the Library of Congress
Telnetting to OPACs
Hytelnetting around
A short side trip to Malaysia
So It's in the Online Catalog; How Do I Get It?
The ins and outs of ILL
Buying instead of borrowing
Xerox is not a verb: Requesting article photocopies
Document delivery services
The Delights of Digital Libraries
SunSITE: The digital library mother lode
The American Memory Project
Images from the History of Medicine
Knock, Knock: Gated Information Services
Getting Acquainted with Gated Sites
Sampling Members-Only Web Sites
The New York Times on the Web
The Wall Street Journal Interactive Edition
Ei Village
Consumer Goods: America Online and CompuServe
America Online
Calling in the Pros: Going Wide and Deep with Professional Online Services
Some prose on the pros of the pros
Dealing with database depth
The Other Online: Dow Jones, Dialog, Lexis-Nexis, and More
Beating the averages with Dow Jones Interactive
Shopping at Dialog's supermarket
Learning the ways of Lexis-Nexis
Getting it wholesale
Web Search Engines Turn Pro
Looking up Northern Light
Browsing the Electric Library
Power up with Powerize
How Do You Choose?
One Final Point
The Personal Touch
The Human Side of the Net
Where Do the Experts Hang Out Online?
Browsing newsgroups with Liszt
Finding newsgroups with RemarQ
Reading newsgroup posts
Taking the temperature of a newsgroup
Before you post: The FAQs of life
Aunt Netty-Quette's priceless pointers for painless posting
Mailing Lists
Locating lists with Liszt and the List of Lists
Netiquette revisited
Dealing with info- and subscription-bots
Virtual Villages and Conferencing Systems
Exploring virtual communities on the Web
Finding community online
Taking It to E-Mail
Caveats and Cautions (Dealing with Human Nature)
From the horse's mouth?
The (low) signal to noise ratio
Flame wars
Putting It All Together
Strange New Worlds: Government, Medical, and Sci-Tech Research
We're from the Government, and We're Here to Help You
Mastering the info-maze with FedWorld
Life beyond FedWorld
In Sickness and in Health
Tapping the medical literature with Medline
Exploring other medical information sources
Seeking support for medical problems online
Mere Technicalities
Knowing where to start
What about patents?
Satisfying your scientific curiosity
Strictly Business
Understanding Business Research
Getting a Company Backgrounder
Strategizing a background search
Company directories and packaged reports
Tapping company and industry news sources
Broadening your company background search
Planning a Competitive Intelligence Operation
Using a company's Web site
Finding alternatives to the annual report
Getting informed analysis
Monitoring the news
The indirect approach
Doing Market Research
Surveying sources for market research reports
Getting more for your money with secondary sources
Prospecting for Sales
Looking for prospects with CompaniesOnline
The Dun's-on-the-Web alternative
Investigating Investments
Taking stock
Digging deeper
Getting personal
How Do You Manage?
Read All About It: News Media and Publications Online
Broadcast News
Tuning in to the Big Four: ABC, CBS, NBC, and CNN
Viewing some other contendahs: Fox and C-SPAN
Getting the story worldwide
News AND weather and sports
Newspapers Online
Finding your local paper online
Searching newspapers on the Web
Going deeper into the archives, part 1
I Saw It in the Dentist's Office: Magazines Online
Locating magazines online
Going deeper into the archives, part 2
Staying Current
The Dally Brief
In-Box Direct
Northern Light Search Alert
My Yahoo!
Other news channels
The 'Zine Scene: New Sources for News and Information
Life Choices
Choosing a College
Finding college and university directories
Following professional pointers
What's up, pre-doc?
Feeling listless?
Lessons learned
Finding a Job
Job boards
Going to the source
Buying a Car
Browsing car and consumer magazines
Getting serious
Asking around
Doing the deal
Lessons learned, continued
Planning a Vacation
Cruising through newsgroups
Shipping out
We be jammin'
Travel is broadening
Lessons learned, continued some more
Recreational Research: Hobbies and Interests
What's Cooking?
Lights, Camera ... Research
Playing the Keyboard
Yahooling it
Shop 'til you bop
Musical true confessions
Indoor Birding
Doing It Yourself
The Researching Online For Dummies, 2nd Edition Internet Directory
The Broader Picture
Keeping Up with the Online Jones(es)
Help Is in the Mail: Electronic Resources
Netsurfer Digest
Seidman's Online Insider
Edupage and NewsScan
The Rapidly Changing Face of Computing
Search Engine Report
Remember Paper?--Print Resources
System-specific newsletters
Independent publications
Human Resources
The Big Issues: Copyright, Information Use, and Quality
Getting Right with Copyright
Fair use
Confusion, copyright, and the Net
Copyright and the professional online services
Copyright and the Web
Using Information Responsibly
Hopping along the audit trail
YOYOW: You own your own words
Thinking about Linking
Assessing Information Quality
Judging quality and reliability on the Net
Establishing expertise
Thinking critically
The Part of Tens
Ten Clarifying Questions for Better Research Results
What Am I Trying to Accomplish?
What Is This Really Worth?
What Else Should I Consider?
Am I Likely to Find My Answers Online?
Is Online the Best Place to Look?
What's My Plan?
Who's Likely to Know the Answer?
What Have I Gathered So Far?
What Have I Overlooked?
How Do I Know the Information Is Good?
Ten Simple Tune-Ups for Streamlined Searching
Change Your Start Page
Bookmark Your Favorite Web Pages
Fight Link Rot
Turn Images Off
Have a Cookie
Don't Just Sit There
Pay Attention
Resist Temptation
Aggregation, Not Aggravation
Share Your Toys
Ten Trends to Keep an Eye On
Smarter Search Engines
Intelligent Info-Bots
Online Everywhere
Personal Programming
Ultra-Personal Programming
Virtual Environments
Fatter Pipes
Looking Forward to the Past
Internet Backlash?
A Hiccup in the Continuum
About the CD
System Requirements
Using the CD with Microsoft Windows
Using the CD with a Mac OS
What You Get on the CD
Research help
Research tools
Internet tools
Knowing the Difference between Freeware and Shareware
Using the Internet Directory Links
If You've Got Problems (Of the CD Kind)
IDG Books Worldwide End-User License Agreement
Installation Instructions
Book Registration Information