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Best Bet Internet: Reference and Research When You Don't Have Time to Mess Around [Paperback]

Shirley Duglin Kennedy
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Book Description

June 1998
While the Internet has been called "the world's library" for its enormous store of information, its maze of material can keep researchers from gaining quick and easy results. This guide aims to give tips for quick reference. The author has compiled and profiled more than 500 ready-for-reference sites. She examines the best subject directories, offers tips on the various search engines at your fingertips, explains how E-mail discussion lists and news groups can aid in reference, evaluates and categorizes each site, and suggests when to use such often forgotten tools as gophers, veronica and jughead. This book offers tips and tricks designed to help librarians satisfy their patrons on the spot.

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Kennedy's book on Web research sites is for anybody who's ever been frustrated by getting millions of useless hits out of a search engine. She shows you where to look when you need information, but don't have all day to slug through out-of-date, deserted, and plain inaccurate Web pages. Although Kennedy gives some guidelines for good search techniques--primarily when providing tips on using specific search sites--her emphasis is on reference sites that will lead you to dependable information.

The book mentions the big guns, such as Yahoo! and AltaVista, but the value of this collection lies in the more specialized sites. Kennedy devotes a chapter, for example, to sites that knowledgeable librarians and journalists depend upon. Another chapter concentrates on sites particularly useful for tracking down people. The chapter on evaluating Internet resources is loaded with information everyone should know before attempting to do meaningful research online. In addition, Kennedy provides witty commentary on all the sites she reviews, on the state of the Internet, and on Internet culture as a whole. It's hard to open the book and not find an interesting reference site to explore. -- Elizabeth Lewis

From Library Journal

Kennedy, a librarian/journalist and columnist for Information Today, writes, "learning to use the Internet and learning to do research on the Internet are two completely different things." Amen to that! In this practical guide, she aims to answer real searcher questions: Why it is so difficult to find things; where to start; which directory, search engine, virtual library to use; where's the tech support; and how about evaluating resources? Unlike the myriad titles that stress the "joys of getting wired," Best Bet Internet focuses on good old-fashioned reference/research advice?match queries with appropriate Internet tools, know how the tool works, develop search strategies, and evaluate the results. In addition, there are evaluative profiles of more than 500 ready-reference sites. Especially good appendixes include "Web Page Checklists." While the price is a bit steep for a paperback, this solid book, along with Peter Morville's similar and well-reviewed The Internet Searcher's Handbook (Professional Reading, LJ 6/15/96), will save reference librarians precious time.?Janet Brewer, Murray State Univ. Lib., KY
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 194 pages
  • Publisher: Amer Library Assn (June 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0838907121
  • ISBN-13: 978-0838907122
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,453,654 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As reference librarian at the North Dade branch of the Miami-Dade system, I have found this superior and more up to date than the mass produced guides found everywhere these days including the supermarket. Our two week old copy is already thumbworn as we keep it by our copies of the terminals for patron reference. I think we may order another one and hide for staff use only! Good job Ms. Kennedy...just keep updating the book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Guide for Internet Research August 7, 1998
As an instructor of Internet research to audiences at all levels, I appreciate the direct, no-nonsense, and humorous approach Kennedy takes. The author manages to demystify a subject that intimidates many, even some librarians, who would benefit from reading this book themselves before they check it out to their patrons.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Bet a searcher's roadmap to today's Internet September 21, 1998
Shirley's a colleague and friend (disclaimer), but her new work via ALA is a much-needed cut-to-the-answers handbook for busy researchers, librarians, and information professionals. Kudos for the spirit of humor and yep-been-there tales that lace the solid tips and site information with her personal style and elan. I'll keep my copy right beside my autographed copy of Reva Basch's "Secrets of the Super Net Searchers." For serious Internet searching today, this is the guidebook to cyberspace.
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