Evolving Internet Reference Resources

1st Edition

Rita Pellen, William Miller

Routledge
Published May 18, 2006
Reference - 558 Pages
ISBN 9780789030252 - CAT# HW14788

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Summary

Save time and avoid trouble as you search the Internet for reliable resources

Evolving Internet Reference Resources provides both beginning and experienced researchers with a comprehensive overview of the key information sources available online in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences. This invaluable book is your guide to the best free and subscription-based Internet sites and services for 26 diverse subject areas, including law, psychology, rhetoric, LGBT studies, health and medicine, engineering, Asian studies, and computer science. Experts in specific areas review Web sites, meta sites, indexing and abstracting services, directories, portals, databases, and blogs for their accessibility and usability, saving you valuable time and effort in your search for the best academic research and reference resources on the Web.

Evolving Internet Reference Resources is your pathfinder for all levels of research in crucial areas of academic and general interest. The book will lead you through the almost overwhelming volume of information available online to help you steer clear of unreliable, untrustworthy, and slipshod material as you search for dictionaries, glossaries, bibliographies, images, book reviews, career information, fieldwork opportunities, biographical sources, timelines and chronologies, audio and video clips, interactive maps, online collections, and much more.

Topics covered in Evolving Internet Reference Resources include:
  • significant developments in the availability of art images on the Web
  • how Internet resources have transformed rhetoric, composition, and poetry
  • why free Web sites can sometimes be unreliable
  • organizational strategies for librarians
  • how commercial publishers have acquired some of the best LGBT online resources
  • the potential for Internet resources to enhance social activism in Latin America
  • new approaches taken by librarians in creating online information
  • government agency Web sites
  • online versions of college guides
  • the development of RSS (Really Simple Syndication) technology
  • the virtual reference shelf available to nursing students and faculty
  • ESL (English as a Second Language) Web sites
Evolving Internet Reference Resources is an essential tool for all librarians (academic, school, special, and public), library science faculty, and faculty and students in a wide variety of disciplines.

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