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Great scouts! : cyberguides for subject searching on the Web
Paul, Nora.
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Medford, N.J. : CyberAge Books, [1999]

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xiii, 343 pages ; 24 cm
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ZA4201 .P38 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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The most common complaint about the World Wide Web is its enormity and the time it takes to sift through its vast resources. This book highlights specific subject areas and outlines the best starting points for finding information quickly.

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Scouts are Web search sites (and their producers) that serve as guides to subject-specific resources. The choice of subject areas reflects the newspaper background of the librarian authors and reveals a popular rather than a research slant. Topics such as entertainment, business, food, online shopping, and travel receive most intense coverage, while all science disciplines are covered in one chapter that describes only 14 sites. For each subject area, one or two sites are reviewed in depth against 23 attributes (e.g., how resources are selected, currency, searchability, usability, annotations). Three to five additional sites for each subject area receive one-paragraph descriptions. Some chapters include references to books and articles on subject-specific resources. Great Scouts provides a useful overview of important Web starting points across a variety of subjects. Serious researchers may find the lack of depth disappointing, but the book is still a good choice for reference or circulating collections. Be sure to bookmark the Great Scouts Web site for links to sites covered in the book. M. Courtois; George Washington University