Customer Reviews: Find it Online: The Complete Guide to Online Research, Third Edition
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It used to be that a good reference librarian had only to keep up with the new books being published, and perhaps keep one eye on the newspapers and learned journals. Nowadays, one has to keep track of where best to find the answers to questions on the Web, as well. And it ain't easy! Massive printed volumes of Web addresses weren't much help even a decade ago because they were indiscriminate and seldom included annotations. What we needed -- and still need -- are a few collections of a (relatively) few carefully selected germane Web sites with the reasons given for their inclusion. And this discriminating and well thought out guide is the best one I've seen yet. It's intended mostly for the professional information broker or commercial researcher-for-hire, but librarians in any large public or academic library system do much the same sort of thing and will profit enormously by reading it. After an excellent introduction to the principles of online research, it's divided into topical sections: government resources, public records, news sites, business tools, and international (i.e., non-U.S.) research. Then there are several sections on managing and filtering what you find, how to evaluate its credibility and utility, and privacy concerns. Schlein spends considerable time on fee-based and "hidden" resources, too, not just the freebies on the public Web. Some of the sites he recommends I was already aware of, but there are many others I hadn't run across before. And I have been recommending his advice on search strategies and information massaging to my colleagues. There are a couple of annoying things about this otherwise superior book, however. One is the need for much, much tighter copyediting -- like saying "the software can be moderated" when they meant "modified," and the sometimes eccentric punctuation, and the tendency to break Web addresses in peculiar places (letting only the last character of ".html" fall to the next line gives you a quite different address). The other annoyance is a tendency by the author to laud (frequently) any book published by his editors, associates, or advisors -- so much so that it becomes embarrassing. But given the high quality of the book's actual content, I suppose I can live with that.
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on August 23, 2002
I'm somewhere in the middle of average search-freak and power-user. When I scanned the first edition, I was amazed at the number of useful tips it offered. As I got more proficient at searching, I would refer back to the book, and start to pick up the little nuances it offered.
The Third Edition is just that more valuable and detailed than the First. I've given almost a dozen of them as gifts, all with the initial reaction of, "How nice -- a book..." Each and every recipient made a special point to thank me by the end of their first week browsing through it. You'll thank someone too, even if it's yourself for finding this great resource.
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on April 16, 2003
If your first concern with this sort of guide is learning to use the Internet to find quality information, or gain competitive or market intelligence using free resources on the Net, then 'Find It Online' is an excellent guide worth owning.
The analysis of what types of information you should and should not expect to find on the Internet is truly insightful, as are the suggestions on verifying the accuracy and authority of the information you uncover while searching.
The list of resources offered at the end of each section seems to provide thorough coverage of the topic, without overwhelming you with too many URL's to evaluate.
Finally, the section on online privacy and protection will open a casual user's eyes to the threats that online activities may entail.
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on August 22, 2002
Alan Schlein has tackled the almost-impossible task of describing how to find information on the web, and how to find it efficiently. If you want to conduct *quality* research on the web, start here. This is a great resource that should be on every web researcher's desk.
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on September 6, 2002
Collaboratively edited by Peter Weber and J. J. Newby, and now in a fully revised third edition, Find It Online: The Complete Guide To Online Research by journalist and online trainer Alan M. Schlein is the all-purpose single resource and reference book to looking up the latest and most useful information on anything, anywhere, using the resources of the Internet. Individual chapters address the basics of the Internet, framing one's search strategy, the best tools and search engines available, government resources, evaluating the credibility of information found on the net, and a great deal more. Find It Online is a very highly recommended addition to any personal, professional, school or community library Internet Information Resources reference collection.
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on May 14, 2011
This book has a lot of information that is useful for the expert or the novice.
It is well laid out so that you can find what you need easily and quickly.
I use it as a reference when I am looking for something new on the web and don't know where to start looking.
This is an excellent book.
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While this book has got good intentions, it somehow fails to live up to the reviews that I have read of it. There are literally thousands of websites listed in the book, with a brief statement of what the website is about.
As a Canadian, I found this book lacking. If you are looking for American websites or information on American businesses or people, then this book will suit your needs.
The book's format does not lend itself to easy reading. It is basically just listings of sites by category. The pages are packed full and hard to read. The author has been extremely thorough in his listing of websites, but I just didn't find that it helped me out.
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