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Using the Internet as a reference tool : a how to-do-it manual for librarians
Sauers, Michael.
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Publication Information:
New York : Neal-Schuman Publishers, [2001]

Physical Description:
xi, 143 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.
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Z711.45 .S28 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize
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Can't find the answers you're looking for? Many librarians are frustrated both by the time it takes to find answers to reference questions online and by the lack of a comprehensive, practical method for quickly evaluating Web sites. Here is the book that will answer your questions. This clear, easy to use manual shows how to integrate the Internet into day to day reference services with helpful explanations of available tools and evaluation methods, real life examples, and practice exercises. You'll learn: How to dramatically extend your library's ability to provide current, complete, and accurate answers to an amazing array of questions when print sources fail When to use and how to evaluate both print and Internet sources Strategies for quickly answering ready reference questions using the Internet Tips for creating your own "Reference Web Page" When to go to an Internet search engine or a directory site and strategies for using them effectively How to handle more complex reference questions To make the book even more useful, descriptions of sites the author has found useful in answering reference questions, including metasites and "online vertical files" are listed. A companion Web site keeps site information up to date. If you work at a reference desk in any type of library in any capacity, this book is for you

Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

Let's get right to the point: I like this book because it's pertinent, proficient, practical, and proven. The question of how we effectively use the Internet as a research tool remains one of the hottest issues in reference services today. An updated, more-focused extension of Shirley Duglin Kennedy's Best Bet Internet: Reference and Research When You Don't Have Time To Fool Around (Professional Media, LJ 9/15/98) and Peter Morville's The Internet Searcher's Handbook (Professional Media, LJ 6/15/96), this guide clearly reflects Sauers's experience and expertise as an Internet trainer for the Colorado-based Biographical Center for Research's Internet and Database Services programs, as well as the author of several training manuals and frequent presenter. Topics from determining when to use print and Internet resources to creating a "Reference Web Page" are presented in an easy-to-understand way and are sequentially organized, focusing most heavily on evaluation of resources and creating effective research strategies. Practice exercises (with answers provided) as well as a publisher's web site are included. We know that practice and experience hone our skills in choosing appropriate search strategies and print resources. Sauers challenges librarians to apply that same proven diligence in learning Internet resources. Appropriate for professional collections in all libraries. Janet Brewer, Murray State Univ. Lib., KY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

School Library Journal Review

The author presents both the challenge and the opportunity provided by the Internet as a reference tool. His objectives include being able to "access, evaluate, and navigate Internet sites with the speed, efficiency, and comfort level" librarians and patrons have enjoyed with print sources. Chapters provide background on the impact of the new technology for reference solutions and offer an excellent comparison of print and Internet resources that will aid in justifying the need for both. Information on creating effective reference strategies and a discussion of search engines and directories are included. The chapter on evaluation of reference resources outlines six points for librarians to consider when adding a print source to the collection and describes how these same factors are considered with Internet sites. Chapter five can be adapted as a teaching tool for teachers and others who need to learn strategies for accessing Internet information. There is also a site listed with links to all the resources included in this book. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.