Online

Online is a professional magazine covering online and CD-ROM databases with practical how-to articles covering the entire online industry. Founded in 1977, it is a bimonthly publication published by Online, a Division of Information Today Inc.The editor is Marydee Ojala.

Articles from Vol. 22, No. 6, November/December

Annual Review of Information Science and Technology, V32, 1997
Annual Review of Information Science and Technology, v32, 1997 edited by Martha E. Williams. (ISBN 157387-047-1; hardcover; 1998; 511pp.; $99.95) ASIS, Available from Information Today, Inc. 143 Old Marlton Pike, Medford, NJ 08055; 609/654-6266; http://www.infotoday.com....
Benchmarking the Information Technology Analysts: Net Gain or Net Pain?
Do you lay awake at night pondering which hardware or software solution to select for your organization? Do you wonder about the differences between Windows NT and Windows 95 and which system you should select? Have you heard about machine translation,...
Best Bet Internet: Reference and Research When You Don't Have Time to Mess Around
Best Bet Internet: Reference and Research When You Don't Have Time to Mess Around by Shirley Duglin Kennedy. (ISBN 0-8389-07121; softcover; 1998; 194pp.; $35.00, $31.50 members) Available from American Library Association, 50 East Huron Street, Chicago,...
BullsEye: Taking Aim at the Internet
BullsEye is a new desktop megasearch product created by IntelliSeek Inc. that competes on several different fronts. Other products offer some of the same functionality, but none cover as much ground. BullsEye is primarily a search tool with the power...
Cool New Image Search Tool
Image enthusiasts, meet the first new picture search tool worth crowing about since the demise of WebSeer: 1stopstock (http://www.1stopstock.com). From this single interface, you can search the databases, not merely the inline graphics, of ten (with...
Filtering the Email Storm
For all of the attention to the Web, search engines, and browsers, email remains the connection to the Internet that many of us use the most frequently. The ability to communicate between two individuals without having to resort to phone tag or the more...
Finding the Light: What You Need to Know about Optical Media
Your personal computer has an optical drive-a drive that uses at least one laser to record or retrieve data stored on a rotating medium. That's almost a given in 1998, and seems likely to continue for at least another decade. Five years ago, you couldn't...
Head to Head for Competitive Intelligence
With the global telecommunications market deregulating itself, many companies are confronted with competitors they know nothing about; sometimes headquartered in countries they know little about. The result is a flurry of inquiries for competitive intelligence...
I Never Wear My Sandals in the Snow: Local Knowledge on the Web
The recent series of Head-to-Head articles in ONLINE have caused some discussion. Originally positioned as an aid to building an intuitive sense of whether to look on the Web or in traditional databases for certain questions, the Head-to-Heads we've...
Internet in the Workplace
The Internet is the world's largest research library. Information is available free at the click of the mouse. With more information at their fingertips, organizations have increased their efficiency at exponential rates. Many information professionals...
Internet Search Engine Update
AltaVista now can be found at both its old URL of http:// altavista.digital.com/ as well as at a new URL of http://www. altavista.com/. Also, a recent article ("Compaq Strikes an Alta 'Tude," Business Week, Sept. 28, p. 6) reports that Compaq, the current...
Intranet Management, Content Development, and Digital Gift Shop
The Cutting- in -Edge Library at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution At The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, writing ad copy, selling T-shirts and coffee mugs for a Web photo store, and trying to predict the next natural disaster are all in a day's work for...
In Your Dreams
1998 was the year I surrendered to the Borg. My most recent book publisher dragged me-a WordPerfect loyalist since version 4.2 for DOS-kicking and kvetching, into the feature-bloated world of Word. Then, like a sign from the universe, my trusty old PowerBook...
Letters to the Editor
Readers Speak Out About Dialog's Pricing Change Dialog's recent changes in pricing have caused much comment and furor over the past several months. After introducing DialUnits for pay-as-you go searches in June 1998, Dialog heard from many irate customers...
LifeCenter Challenges Web for Consumers' Favor
Online databases have been long and justifiably criticized for not providing answers, for indiscriminately heaping bits of information on top of one another, until it's almost impossible to pull one fact from the heap. The problem is particularly acute...
Matter, Energy, and Chaos: Physical Science Picture Sources on the Web
Not only do [AIP's] images enlighten and explain, some, like a superlattice pattern of standing waves on a fluid surface, are astoundingly beautiful. One of the great things about living in the late 20th century is getting to see the world from perspectives...
Maximizing Relevant Retrieval
The common wisdom among search professionals is that Boolean searching is the most practical approach to locating relevant information from bibliographic databases. But is it? Today's information professionals are using natural language searching with...
Royalty Fees Part IV: Authors' Rights
In previous columns, we examined how royalty fees for print products are established by publishers and collected and disbursed by document delivery clearinghouses. We explained the functions of the Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) and other international...
Search Engine Help Documentation and Resources on the Web
Keeping tabs on the search techniques and features of the major search engines can be a daunting task. However, most major search engines provide help files. The degree to which the help files help can be as varied as the techniques each search engine...
Searching for Images by Similarity Online
Searching by similarity, using a known item to find other similar ones, is a common strategy for optimizing the precision of a search. What works for text-based searches should also work for finding images. Unfortunately, description and classification...
Spotlight on Submissions
This issue's column focuses on the submissions received thus far. The lists are excellent sources to begin research on any of the topics. The topics are: Mathematics, Cost of Living, Entrepreneurs, and Film and Television. Spotlighted are contributor...
The Impact of Digital Reference on Librarians and Library Users
Libraries in universities embrace a variety of digital options, as we described in our article in July ONLINE, "The Digital Reference World of Academic Libraries" [1. Rarely do they replace one reference option when another appears-mediated online searching...
Thin Clients and Network-Centric Computing
There's a new presence on the desktop these days. Unlike green-screen computer terminals, the new machine packs a screen full of graphics. And unlike big, boxy "tower" PCs, the new machine may come in a slim, futuristic shape. At first glance, the newcomer...