"Bell's revision of this online searching guide will be invaluable to anyone starting out or looking for a refresher course on this topic. In clear concise language, the author covers everything from Boolean searching to using specific topic-based databases. . . . This easy-to-use manual, written with just a touch of humor and not a drop of condescension, is sure to be embraced by librarians of all skill levels--including the technology challenged. . . . This resource would make an ideal textbook for a library science course on online searching or simply for individuals brushing up on their searching skills."
"Published in 2009, this work provides library professionals with an understanding of the basics of the continuously evolving field of database searching in today's libraries. The copious illustrations, suggested readings and the recap sections in relevant chapters are quite handy. The toolkits are useful for both the beginning and the experienced professional librarian, as well. The publication would essentially be a good addition to a professional collection. It will also be useful to professionals who are called upon to do online databases searching on a continuous basis and are unable to keep up with their reading of professional literature."
Library Times International
"Among the plethora of books about online reference for librarians and graduate students, this one stands out as notably useful, and perhaps even essential. . . . Teaching faculty will certainly be hard pressed to find a better textbook. Professionals, especially those like the reviewer who spend only a few hours per week in searching, will appreciate the book's comprehensiveness and clear directions. . . . It is heartily recommended for all libraries, especially those without the first edition."
Catholic Library World
A set of basic principles accompanied by numerous illustrated search examples will empower students and librarians to search effectively online, whether or not they have ever encountered the database in question.