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Librarian's Guide to Online Searching, 2nd Edition 2nd Edition

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"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." - VOYA

"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

"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

About the Author

Suzanne S. Bell is adjunct instructor for the School of Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, WI, as well as business librarian and administrator for the institutional repository at the University of Rochester, NY.

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Product Details

  • Series: Librarian's Guide to Online Searching
  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Libraries Unlimited; 2 edition (January 30, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591587638
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591587637
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,253,487 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By M. Steffens on March 11, 2010
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Online searching is key in almost any kind of library these days, and librarians who can conduct good searches and train their patrons to do the same have got to be worth their weight in gold (although not at budget time). This book will give you some good ideas for starting places and what to do when you're there. My only issues, frankly, is that availability of online resources changes all the time, and someone dedicated to this function will need more than a list of resources and strategies to keep up with it. This is a great introduction, but you'll need to study further, and probably on your own.
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Useful for understanding the underpinnings of databases and *why* certain searches work better than others. Extremely useful for library science students and practicing librarians - if you work in reference, this needs to be part of your background.
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My husband needed this book for his college Master's of Library and Information Science classes and it was perfect. Would recommend.
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It's a textbook. I got it for class. What more do I expect? It didn't put me to sleep, though.
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