Searching the Web: Introduction to Search Techniques on the Web

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Searching the Web: Introduction to Search Techniques on the Web. American Library Association/Library Video Network, 320 York Road, Towson, MD 21204-5179 (http://www.bcpl. lib.md.us/-inlib/lvn.html). ISBN 6304726-05-8. Video, $50.00.

With the World Wide Web becoming more and more important as a resource for information, it's important to understand how and when to use it. This 20-minute video produced by the Library Video Network in association with the American Library Association provides instruction techniques for searching the World Wide Web, creating search strategies using Boolean Logic, evaluating search tools including directories and search engines, and evaluating the sites found.

In interviews from their libraries, public, academic, and school librarians offer their personal experiences using the Web for locating information. For example, the first case study is a middle school librarian who discusses how it was possible to locate resources for a student who needed to find information that was in a Paris newspaper. Another case illustrates how the Web can provide detailed com pany information using a search engine. Each case begins with the question, the search engine used, and a replication of the search to locate the information. …