Internet Research: Theory and Practice

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To many people, the use of computers and the Internet as research tools is not a new concept. To others, though, computers are a relatively recent if necessary addition to their research toolkit. A lack of experience presents many difficulties for first-time users and others with limited computer know-how. This work, a second edition to the acclaimed Internet Research: Theory and Practice (Extremely useful" - LISCA) provides useful information for anyone who wants to broaden the range and scope of their research tools or anyone who wants to increase their knowledge about what is available electronically. The author discusses the following: basic methods of research using Internet protocols, Internet history, techniques for online searching, research theory and suggestions for maximizing results, mechanisms helpful in distinguishing good from bad or mediocre information, and ways for individuals to improve their research skills. Also included is an expanded discussion of Internet search engines and their operation, issues in scholarly communication and other emerging matters, and an enlarged and updated bibliography.

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Ned L. Fielden coordinates database training workshops and is head of the Web committee at the J. Paul Leonard Library at San Francisco State University. He lives in Berkeley, California.

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Writers of Internet research manuals face the dual challenge of covering both net use and the research process effectively. Fielden and Garrido, database training coordinator and electronic resources coordinator, respectively, at San Francisco State University's J. Paul Leonard Library, cover all of these bases well in a volume that should be especially useful for undergraduates, advanced high school students, and others new to academic research. The book includes chapters on the nature of research, Internet tools (e.g., E-mail, telnet, web), information retrieval, including a fine section on formulating and refining an online search strategy, and Internet subject resources, with sections listing starting points in various broad fields (e.g., humanities, business, etc.). Appendixes include general information on citing electronic resources and writing a research paper. This work fills an important niche, as more and more students turn to the Internet first, and sometimes exclusively, for research sources. Recommended for general collections and bibliographic instruction librarians.AJanet Crum, Oregon Health Sciences Univ. Lib., Portland
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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